Jonica Burke, Director of Enterprise Resource Planning and Financial Services at Shawnee State University, has been selected as part of the 2017-18 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Fellows Program.
The NACUBO Fellows Program debuted in 2016 as an intensive one-year professional development program designed to prepare promising professionals for leadership positions in higher education business and finance. During this time, fellows will work together with higher education presidents, provosts and chief business officers (CBOs) to deepen their knowledge of business management, institutional communications and expanding the role of CBO on campus, as well as evaluate and enhance their own leadership skills to succeed as CBOs.
“I am honored to be among the second cohort of NACUBO Fellows. This program provides opportunities to learn from senior university leaders and exceptional peers with diverse experiences in high education,” said Burke. “I hope to enhance my leadership skill and bring innovative ideas back to Shawnee State.”
Leadership development is increasingly importation in higher education business office, and according to NACUBO research, more than 43% of CBOs surveyed in 2016 said their next career move will be retirement, with about 44% of those respondents planning to retire in less than three years. 37% of CBOs reported their institutions have no type of succession plan in place for when they step down.
NACUBO Fellows Program intends to strengthen the pipeline of the roles of CBOs and steer higher education institutions successfully in the future. The program will kick off with a workshop preceding the NACUBO 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this summer.
NACUBO is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country. Their mission is to advance the economic viability, business practices and support for higher education institutions. For more information, please visit www.nacubo.org.
Burke is one of sixteen leaders selected by NACUBO as an exceptional business and finance professional from colleges and universities across the country. She earned her Ph.D. in public administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky, M.S. in natural resources and M.A. in public administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University, and B.A. in Spanish from the Honors College at the University of Houston. Burke’s career at SSU includes seven years as budget director, three years as university registrar, as well as directing the university’s property and casualty insurance program and the office of institutional research.
For the full article about Burke’s selection and more on the NACUBO Fellows Program, go to http://www.nacubo.org/About_NACUBO/Press_Room/16_Emerging_Higher_Education_Leaders_Selected_for_2017-18_NACUBO_Fellows_Program.html.