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NACUBO recognizes the need for specialized training and mentoring for new chief business officers, and offers a number of programs that balance experience and expertise with practical application to increase new business officers' organizational, personal, and technical competencies.


New Business Officers (NBO) Program 

The annual New Business Officers Program is designed to provide resources, information and guidance through an intensive two-day workshop immediately preceding the NACUBO Annual Meeting. Participants examine the current complexities of the role and learn from experienced chief business officers, presidents, provosts, NACUBO experts and other pivotal higher education representatives. New Business Officers Program attendance is limited to chief business and financial officers who report directly to the president or chancellor and who have been in their current positions for less than three years. The program boasts more than 500 alumni.


NBO 2019 Alumni

Mentoring Program

NACUBO created a members-only Mentoring Program to support new chief business officers in achieving professional success and to provide seasoned CBOs an opportunity to give back to the profession. For more information, or to volunteer as a mentor, contact Maryann Terrana.

NACUBO's CBO Speaks podcast series highlights what it takes to be a chief business officer at today's colleges and universities. NACUBO In Brief explores issues affecting colleges and universities and provides best practices for navigating the business of higher education.

In addition, each year NACUBO offers a variety of professional development programs at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels for higher education business professionals.


Additional Resources

The 2016 National Profile of Higher Education Chief Business Officers provides information on the career paths, current areas of responsibility, and plans for future career advancement, as well as basic demographic and other characteristics of CBOs at all types of colleges and universities in the U.S.

Successful institutions need a CBO and CAO (Chief Academic Officer) who work well together, communicate openly, jointly present messages and produce action to move the institution forward. This white paper, The CAO-CBO Collaboration Opportunity Cycle, shows a four-step collaborative cycle resulting in a truly collaborative relationship producing action to propel the institution forward.

Selected white papers and additional publications, complimentary to NACUBO members, may prove especially helpful to new business officers or board members, presidents, senior administrators, faculty, and staff.

College and University Business Administration, 7th Edition is the core reference work for all phases of higher education management. Complimentary chapters of the publication are available.

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