On behalf of SACUBO, thank you for your support and your interest in our association. It is my pleasure to serve as President for the 2016-17 year. Your Board has already been working hard over the summer on the many aspects of developing major professional development conferences.
We are excited to head to the western edge of our region this year as the Fall Workshop takes place in Oklahoma City this November 6 – 8. The workshop includes accounting tracks for both basic and advanced topics, and there will also be a full complement of sessions on higher education hot topics, trends, and solutions. This is always a great event, offered at a bargain price.
Our 2017 Annual Meeting will be in sunny and warm Ft. Lauderdale at the fabulous Diplomat Resort. We will have inspiring and educational general sessions as well as 30 different concurrent sessions that will cover many areas of focus at our institutions. Come early for some beach time, then stay for an outstanding set of educational sessions.
Last year SACUBO offered our initial Women’s Leadership Workshop, and though the plan was to start small we were pleased to sell out the registration allotment with additional waiting list requests. We will again be in Atlanta this winter, hoping to increase our size while maintaining our focus on the critical issue of women leaders in higher education.
SACUBO cannot run without volunteers. Our committee work is essential to quality programs, and our numbers include around 70 volunteers each year. We ALWAYS need more, as individuals cycle off, retire, or (gasp!) move to a different region. Please consider completing the volunteer interest form on our website. We would love to have you join us.
Finally, we are in the second year of transitioning the business works of SACUBO. For many years we utilized the talents of a meeting services company while farming out various back office duties to volunteers. The work was accomplished with many great successes, but not without many long hours from a handful of volunteers in select positions each year. In the past few years NACUBO, our sister national organization, has fully staffed an office of professionals who help manage all parts of an association’s back office. NACUBO has been gracious to offer these services to SACUBO and other regions at their cost. The result is a wider complement of services for SACUBO at a very effective cost structure. We are excited about the change, but we also want to emphasize that NACUBO is simply processing our data. Our organizations remain 100% autonomous, though linked with similar missions.
I hope to see you in Oklahoma City this Fall, and in my home state of Florida next May. SACUBO is ready and willing to help meet your professional development needs!