Ken Cody, CPA brings 35 years expertise with public university systems, research I universities, and private institutions to NACUBO Consulting. His areas of specialization include planning for sustainable financial health, operating budgets and forecasts, capital funding strategies, strategic resource alignment, shared services, endowment management, and Board policy and relations.
Most recently, Cody served in a fully virtual interim CFO role at Keene State College, having retired in 2019 after 6 years as vice president for administration and finance and CFO / COO at Bentley University. At Bentley, he was responsible for budget and planning, controller, treasury, internal audit, information technology, facilities, enterprise risk management, purchasing, and auxiliaries. Cody came to Bentley after nearly 30 years at the University of New Hampshire and University System of New Hampshire (USNH) where he served as vice chancellor and treasurer / CFO.
During his tenure at Bentley, the institution received a Moody’s bond rating upgrade due to sustained financial improvement and very low deferred maintenance as a result of intentional strategic financial planning, monitoring and controls. Cody worked closely with colleagues to inform decisions regarding academic program review and net tuition revenue growth. He also restructured the debt portfolio, developed capital plans for over $100M of new capital projects, and co-led the Workday ERP implementation. At USNH, he partnered with colleagues to successfully lead campuses through a $50M annual cut in state appropriations, coordinated $1.2B in capital projects, managed 10 major bond issues, and co-led a campus-wide business process redesign resulting in the permanent reduction of 39 positions with no layoffs, achieved mostly through a shared services model.
Cody served on NACUBO’s Board of Directors and is a past president of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) He is the 2020 recipient of the EACUBO / KPMG Distinguished Service Award.
Cody earned his BSBA summa cum laude in management and accounting at Plymouth State University and his MS in Finance from Bentley University. He also has a Certificate in Financial Planning from Bryant University and is a licensed CPA in NH.