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NACUBO Names New President and CEO


Susan Johnston

(Washington, DC) – The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is pleased to welcome Susan Whealler Johnston, Ph.D., as its next president and chief executive officer, effective August 1, 2018.

Johnston is the association’s first female CEO and will succeed John Walda, who will retire from NACUBO as president and CEO after leading the association for 12 years. Johnston joins NACUBO from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), where she has worked since 2000, serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2012.

Before AGB, Johnston was a professor of English and dean of academic development at Rockford University in Illinois, as well as associate dean at its campus in London, Regent’s College. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Rollins College, the Board of Visitors of Radford University, and the advisory committee of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). She also has served on a variety of board committees and has chaired committees on governance and academic affairs.

“NACUBO is a tremendous organization focused on some of the most critical issues facing higher education today,” Johnston said. “I am very pleased to be joining the staff, board, and members as we work on new solutions while continuing to offer the programs and services for which NACUBO is well known.”

Johnston will take the helm during an exciting time of growth for NACUBO. In March 2017, the association embarked on a new strategic blueprint that guides the development of new products, programs, and services with the vision to have higher education valued as an outstanding investment.  

“We are thrilled to welcome Susan Whealler Johnston as NACUBO’s next president and CEO,” said Mary Lou Merkt, 2017-18 NACUBO board chair and Furman University vice president for finance and administration. “Throughout the search process, I came to admire her broad experience, thoughtfulness, and her love for higher education. Susan is the right person to continue to lead the organization forward.”

Media inquiries can be directed to Kellee Edmonds, senior director of communications and marketing, at 202.861.2549, or Katy McCreary, public relations manager, at 202.861.2503.

NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO works to advance the economic vitality, business practices, and support of higher education institutions in pursuit of their missions. Visit us at


Katy McCreary

Director, Public Relations