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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.

The application process for the 2024-25 Fellows Program will open in December 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 2023-24 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.

Application Process

The application period for the 2024-25 will open in December 2023.

Sara Thorndike, NACUBO Fellow

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Meet the NACUBO Fellows

2023-24 Fellows 

  • Read the press release announcing the 2023-24 NACUBO Fellows Program.


2022-23 Fellows


2021-22 Fellows


2020-21 Fellows



2019-20 Fellows

2019-20 NACUBO Fellows Group Photo


2018-19 Fellows

2018-2019 NACUBO Fellows


2017-18 Fellows


2016-17 Fellows


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