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Denison CBO David English on Building Trust While Leveraging "Sharp Elbows"

David English serves as Vice President for Finance and Management for Denison University in Granville, Ohio. This week on the show, English joins Megan Strand for a conversation on preparing not just for the next decade, but for the next fifty years and beyond.

In the near term, he says we have to live through the legacy of amenity competition. "Before 2008, industry-wide, we were able to increase amenities and pass those on," David says. "For the last 10 years we’ve been laboring under these cost structures and many universities have had to cut back in order to just continue to pay essential costs. At the same time, we face more expectations from our families and students."

Join us for a conversation with David English as he takes us through his efforts to promote diversity, recruit some of the "sharper elbows" that come from outside academia, and the critical importance that CBOs play on campus beyond their foundational skills in the numbers.



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