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New Rochelle’s Betty Roberts Nurtures the Next-Gen CBO with a Gift of Trust

Dr. Betty Roberts has only been vice president for finance and administration at New Rochelle for about a year. But in her 30 years prior, she’s served as an operational leader across institutions and departments. From information technology to sustainability to finance and organization development, she’s seen it all. And that, she says, is a great gift — it serves to define the role of today’s CBO. Now, she’s giving back.

In today’s episode, join us and hear how Betty Roberts identifies future leaders, how she provides opportunities for learning and experience, and how she gifts them with the one thing she’s been so grateful to have of her own mentors: trust.

On My Desk Right Now

Hospital Affiliation Agreements, RFP developments for multifunction copiers, Executing campus building leases, Presidential search committee materials, Contract for film company to use campus facilities, Defining Security requirements for start-up campus, Structuring a student financial literacy program, Write up structure of a campus space committee, and Coordinating a system-wide Risk Management Assessment.

What I do when I'm not at Work

Read and play online hidden-object mystery games.

My Media Mix

Kansas City Star, NY Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, University Business Online, Essence, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and The Profit, American Greed, Shark Tank, CNN and the local news.

If I weren't a CBO, I'd be

An executive with a philanthropic organization.

Favorite Quote

"This too shall pass." - Persian Sufi Poet Attar of Nishapur, Edward Fitzgerald and Abraham Linclon
"What we have here is a failure to communicate." - Film, Cool Hand Luke (1967).


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