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The Research Universities Council is a standing council appointed by the NACUBO President in consultation with the regional associations. The Council is established to ensure that issues of specific concern to research-extensive universities are represented and addressed in the development of the association’s strategic goals and plans and in the creation of programs, products, and services for its members. The Research Universities Council serves as an advisory body to the President and staff by providing suggestions, feedback, and support for the association’s goals and activities as they pertain to the constituency.

Top Issues

  • Furthering the public's and policymakers' understanding of the role and challenges of research universities
  • Strengthening the leadership pipeline for chief business officers
  • Restructuring of higher education due to affordability and price considerations, fewer high school graduates, competition for international students, student debt, and increasing government regulation
  • Changing the research university business model
  • New delivery models will mean a re-purposing of the physical plant and issues with space utilization
  • Ability to adapt quickly will in part be based on leadership preparation and turnover and changing governance
  • Long-term impact of loss of state funding

Council Members 2018-2019

Leslie Brunelli (Chair)
Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Treasurer
University of Denver

Ronald Cortez
Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration
University of California, Irvine

Kelly Davis
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
University of Texas at Arlington

Diane Goddard
Chief Financial Officer and Vice Provost for Finance
University of Kansas

Gregg Goldman
Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
University of California, Los Angeles

Patricia A. Johnson
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Lehigh University

Steven Kreidler
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Colorado School of Mines Foundation

Amy Kweskin
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Washington University in St. Louis

Stacy Pearson
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Washington State University

Brett Sweet
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Vanderbilt University

Michael D. Volna
Associate Vice President for Finance and Assistant Chief Financial Officer
University of Minnesota

Fran Willbrant
Assistant Vice President, Financial Services
Kansas State University 

Don Zant
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Mississippi State University

Contact

Elizabeth LaRocca

Senior Director, Leadership Development

202.861.2588

elarocca@nacubo.org


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