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NACUBO President and CEO Susan Whealler Johnston Announces Retirement


(Washington, DC) – Susan Whealler Johnston, Ph.D., will retire from her position as president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) this month.

As NACUBO’s leader since 2018 and its first female president and CEO, Johnston oversaw many significant accomplishments, including—

  • Increased association membership

  • The debut of NACUBO Consulting, which now has more than 30 consultants and has served more than 50 clients

  • $3.8 million in new grant funding to NACUBO, awarded in 2021, to support ways to strategically finance equitable outcomes at institutions that enroll high percentages of typically underserved students

  • The Emerging Leaders Program, which trains high-potential finance and business staff at NACUBO member colleges and universities

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, including a written commitment to encourage NACUBO and all member institutions to actively work to improve DEI efforts, as well as new advisory groups and efforts to include more people from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups and the organizations that represent them

“It has been a great joy to serve as NACUBO’s president,” Johnston said. “With the dedication the association has to transformation, leadership, and advocacy, I remain certain that NACUBO will continue to be an indispensable association for college and university business officers."

Johnston announced her early retirement to focus on her health. The NACUBO Board of Directors will lead the process of identifying a new president and CEO for the association.

Learn more about Johnston's work as NACUBO's president and CEO here.


Katy McCreary

Director, Public Relations