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Program Overview

Launched in 2016, the NACUBO Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to provide support, education, and learning opportunities to individuals who seek a chief business officer position for their next role. Through access to experienced chief business officers, presidents, provosts, NACUBO experts, and other higher education leaders, the Fellows Program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Develop an understanding of the complexities of the chief business officer role
  • Gain broad exposure to the field of higher education
  • Understand the key competencies that are required for high performance as a chief business officer
  • Enhance management, leadership, and communications skills
  • Learn how veteran chief business officers have addressed institutional and professional challenges
  • Build a network of colleagues who serve as a resource of support throughout the fellow's career

Who Should Apply

Participation in the Fellows Program is limited to individuals from NACUBO member colleges and universities who seek a chief business officer position—reporting directly to a college or university president—as their next role. Applicants should be identified as exceptional in their current role and displaying high potential for advancement into a senior leadership position. Participants are expected to fully engage in all program components.

Applications for the 2023-24 cohort are due no later than February 3, 2023.

Estimated CPEs

Fellows may earn up to an estimated 75 CPE credits in categories including Business Management and Organization, Communications and Marketing, Personal Development, Finance, and Specialized Knowledge if they participate in all group live and internet based program components. No prerequisites and/or advance preparation is required, aside from the application process. The program is targeted to the intermediate-to-advanced course level. 

Program Fee

The program fee of $9,500 includes registration for a minimum of four in-person workshops, registration for two NACUBO annual meetings, and virtual convenings. Course materials and distance learning support are also included.

Sponsoring colleges and universities are responsible for travel and lodging expenses of participants as well as for travel and lodging expenses associated with required campus visits. If selected for the 2023-24 NACUBO Fellows Program, a deposit of $2,500 is due by April 15, 2023, to secure participation in the program. The remaining balance will be due by July 10, 2023 prior to the opening workshop.

Application Process

Applications for the 2023-24 NACUBO Fellows Program will be accepted beginning in December 2022. Application materials must include:

  • Resume
  • Statement of interest in the program that describes the applicant's vision for his/her first CBO role, why the applicant wants to be in the program, and what the applicant hopes to gain from the experience as a NACUBO Fellow(700 words or less)
  • Letter of nomination and support to be completed by the chief business officer of applicant's institution of employment

Completed applications are due by February 3, 2023. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions in March 2023.

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