Combined Call for Proposals for the 2023 Annual Meeting and 2023 Best Practices Award


The SACUBO Professional Development Committee and Best Practices Committee invite you to submit a proposal for the SACUBO Annual Meeting to be held in Tampa on April 23–25, 2023.

Presenting at the meeting offers an opportunity to share effective strategies and showcase solutions to manage many of the challenges facing higher education today. The meeting typically brings together more than 600 college and university business officers, including CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance & Administration, AVPs of Finance, Controllers, Comptrollers, Accountants, Budget Directors, AVPs of Facilities, Auxiliary Directors, and others.

Those who respond will also have the option for their proposal to be considered for the Best Practices Award Program. This program showcases the best of college and university business officers' efforts in creating better, more efficient, and customer friendly business practices. Past submissions have showcased a wide variety of unique programs improving the operations of the college campus. The 2023 Best Practices competition will select up to five finalists to present their "best practice" at the Annual Meeting. The institution with the overall "best practice" will receive an honorarium of $1,500. Runners-up will receive $750.

If you would like for your proposal to be considered for the Best Practices Award Program, please provide the initial required information related to the call for proposals, and then answer “Yes” to the question, “Would you like for this to be considered for the Best Practices Award Program?”

The 2023 Call for Proposals is now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

Topics for the Call for Proposals

Submissions with in-depth and practical treatments of topics relevant to higher education are welcome, including, but not limited to, the following.

Strategic Planning: Academic Programs, Finances, Infrastructure

  • Developing and Financing New Academic Programs
  • How to Align New Academic Programs with Enrollment Needs (2+2 Programs, Dual Enrollment, Micro-credentials, etc.)
  • Budgeting for Academic Programs and Strategic Plans
  • Benchmarking to Support Strategic Planning
  • Campus Master Planning: Space Utilization, Sustainability, Carbon Neutrality
  • New Campus Research Parks
  • Meeting Student Demands Without Increasing Costs
  • Emerging Trends in IT

Compliance and Risk Management

  • Remote Work: Taxation Issues for Employees in Different States/Countries, Managing Leave and Other Benefits
  • Export Controls for Sponsored Research
  • Preparing for a HEERF Audit
  • Consumer Financial Protection Act

Leadership, Management and Staffing

  • Soft Skill Development and other Vital Skills for Business Officers
  • Alternative Staffing Ideas to Overcome Labor Shortages
  • Compensation and Equity – Salary and Non-Salary Incentives


  • Shared Services
  • Student-Centric Services – One-Stop Shop to Help with Retention
  • Centralized vs. Decentralized (HR, IT, Finance, etc.) – The Good and Bad

Other Hot Topics in Higher Education

  • Name Image Likeness (NIL) Compliance
  • Capital Markets and Economic Update
  • Post Federal Stimulus Funding – How to Keep These New Things Going and Maintain the ROI

Note – The list of topics above were specifically selected by SACUBO’s Professional Development Committee; however, all proposal submissions may include other topics.

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Sessions are 50 minutes in length.
  • Accepted proposals will not be assigned a specific date and time until several weeks prior to the meeting. Presenters should be available to speak on any day of the   meeting.
  • Proposals should include at least one presenter from a SACUBO member institution.
  • Speakers will be asked to complete a speaker agreement.
  • General proposals should be a brief one-paragraph summary of the presentation that will be used for the meeting program and should include two to three learning objectives. Additional information will be needed for proposals submitted for the Best Practices Award Program.
  • Business partners should contact Jeremy Digorio, Business Partner Relations Coordinator.
  • The deadline for submission is January 15, 2023. Topic selection will be completed by February 15, 2023, with formal notifications to follow.

Contact Information

For more information, contact a member of the Professional Development Committee or Best Practices Committee:

Kevin Edelblute, PD Co-Chair
Jamie Loftin, PD Co-Chair
Brandi Renton, PD Research Universities
Valarie Van Vlack, PD Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions
Dawn Alston, PD Small Institutions
Stan Sullivant, PD Community Colleges
Julie Parrish, Best Practices Chair