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CBO Speaks from NACUBO showcases our most seasoned CBO colleagues from top institutions around the country as they share stories of their journey as business officers. Their experiences inspire us and show us what’s possible in our own work.

CBO Speaks NACUBO

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CBO Speaks from NACUBO showcases our most seasoned CBO colleagues from top institutions around the country as they share stories of their journey as business officers. Their experiences inspire us and show us what’s possible in our own work.

    Embracing Change Fearlessly with University of North Texas CBO Clayton Gibson

    Embracing Change Fearlessly with University of North Texas CBO Clayton Gibson

    Clayton Gibson is vice president for finance and administration and CFO at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In this episode, Gibson joins our host Donna Schiele to talk about his educational journey, his transition from corporate to higher ed, and the importance of mentorship.
     
    "Focus on your career and technical skill sets, but you also want to be involved in the community," Gibson says, recounting valuable advice he received from a mentor at Ernst & Young early in his career about the value of that connection to your community when you’re working to move into more prominent roles. He goes on to talk about how he has maintained involvement with non-profits throughout his career journey, recognizing the importance of community engagement for leadership roles.
     
    Join us for a conversation with Gibson as he shares insightful leadership lessons, discusses addressing workforce challenges in higher ed, and offers his perspective on the future of the industry and his own career.
     
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    • 31 min
    Keeping Students Central: University of Arkansas CBO Ann Bordelon on Investing in People

    Keeping Students Central: University of Arkansas CBO Ann Bordelon on Investing in People

    Ann Bordelon is executive vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In this episode, Bordelon joins our host Donna Schiele to talk about her career journey, mentorship, and leadership through change in higher education.
     
    “I look back on my career and there have been a handful of people who have really been instrumental,” Bordelon says. She goes on to emphasize the importance of mentors and sponsors who invested in her growth and advancement throughout her career.
     
    Join us for a conversation with Bordelon as she talks about transitioning from corporate roles to higher education leadership, guiding her institution through challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and an ERP system implementation, and keeping students at the heart of every decision.
     
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    • 49 min
    Minding the Data: South Florida State College CBO Peter Elliott on Telling Stories with Numbers

    Minding the Data: South Florida State College CBO Peter Elliott on Telling Stories with Numbers

    Peter Elliott is vice president for administrative services at South Florida State College in Avon Park, Florida. In this episode, Elliott joins host Donna Schiele to talk about his career path, challenges in higher education, and the importance of community colleges.
     
    “I like to say when I introduce myself: I'm here because usually when a student gets to my office, they're not happy, and the odds are pretty good I'm not going to make them happy,” he says. Elliott explains that teaching as an adjunct allows him to interact positively with students and connect back to the mission of higher education. “So in a classroom I get to interact with students in a positive way, and it connects me back to what we're doing,” he continues. Teaching accounting reminds Elliott that the focus should be on changing students' lives.
     
    Join us for a conversation with Elliott as he talks about transitioning from auditor to higher education administrator, solving hiring challenges, and why community colleges are often overlooked in the national media.
     
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    • 32 min
    Managing Risks and Getting to "Yes": UW-Madison CBO Rob Cramer's Insights

    Managing Risks and Getting to "Yes": UW-Madison CBO Rob Cramer's Insights

    Rob Cramer is vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. In this episode, Cramer joins host Donna Schiele to discuss learning from mentors, overcoming challenges, and being optimistic for higher education.
     
    "How do we get to ‘yes’ when being asked to help solve problems?" Cramer reflects. Despite challenges, he remains focused on understanding needs and finding solutions—a mentality that fuels his optimism for higher ed's future. "That's still something that really sticks with me today," Cramer says.
     
    Join us as Rob Cramer recounts his journey from state government to higher ed leadership. He shares insights on managing risks, fostering student success, and supporting today's evolving workforce. Even amidst challenges, Cramer remains optimistic about the critical value of higher education.
     
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    • 32 min
    Developing Leaders of Tomorrow: CSUSB CBO Samuel Sudhakar on Grooming Successors

    Developing Leaders of Tomorrow: CSUSB CBO Samuel Sudhakar on Grooming Successors

    Samuel Sudhakar is vice president and chief financial officer at California State University, San Bernardino in San Bernardino, CA. In this episode, Sudhakar joins host Donna Schiele to talk about his career journey, the importance of developing leaders, and how higher education needs to adapt.
     
    “The effectiveness of a leader comes from developing a number two and succession plan,” he says. Sudhakar emphasizes grooming leaders within his team and providing opportunities for growth. “Over the years, we had developed a strong infrastructure in IT. So when I moved over, taking over this division, I had very strong people supporting me on the IT side." He goes on to discuss the importance of empowering others.
     
    Join us for a conversation with Sudhakar as he talks about supporting student success, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and preparing for the future of higher education with AI.
     
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    • 35 min
    Mentorship That Transforms: Advice from PASSHE’s CFO Molly Mercer

    Mentorship That Transforms: Advice from PASSHE’s CFO Molly Mercer

    Molly Mercer is chief financial officer at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In this episode, Mercer joins host Donna Schiele to discuss navigating a career in higher education finance, embracing shared governance, and growing as a leader through mentorship.
     
    “I can't say enough about the importance of mentoring,” Mercer emphasizes. She describes the value of having a mentor you can be vulnerable with and gain perspective from. Mercer stresses the immense value she found in formal mentorship programs for developing leadership skills.
     
    Join us as Mercer shares lessons learned from her varied career path leading to higher ed finance. She talks about transitioning from the corporate world, participating in mentorship, and driving transformation through a focus on people and communication.
     
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    • 31 min

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