CAO and CBO Collaborations: Working Together for Financial Sustainability and Equitable Student Success

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 to Wednesday, September 21, 2022
The Darcy Hotel

About the Conference

The relationship between the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and the Chief Business Officer (CBO) has become even more critical to ensure effective leadership of regional public colleges and universities. The CAO and CBO—together—must develop and execute a clear strategy, align priorities and resources, and innovate. 

To better understand and support this relationship, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) will bring CAOs and CBOs together to have deep conversations and gain practical tools to achieve equitable student success while acknowledging the unique economic challenges—and opportunities—facing AASCU institutions and other regional public universities. 

Interactive, conversation-based sessions will include:  

  • Working across cultures: the CAO-CBO partnership 
  • Creating thriving institutions through CAO-CBO collaboration 
  • Managing costs to keep higher education accessible and affordable 


The program will include an in-person gathering on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. ET and on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. ET. 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

7:30–8:30 a.m.

8:30–9 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

9–9:50 a.m.
Working Across Cultures: The CAO-CBO Partnership
Terry Brown, Vice President, Academic Innovation and Transformation, AASCU
Jim Hundrieser, Vice President for Consulting and Business Development, NACUBO

10–11:45 a.m.
Creating Thriving Institutions Through CAO-CBO Collaboration
Farrah Jackson Ward, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Elizabeth City State University (NC)
Lisa McClinton, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Elizabeth City State University (NC)

12–1 p.m.
Lunch and Remarks From AASCU President Mildred García

1–2 p.m.
Managing Costs to Keep Higher Education Accessible and Affordable
Terri Dautcher, Consultant, NACUBO

2–2:45 p.m.
Spotlight on Financial Aid: Case Study

3:15–5 p.m.
How the Other Half Lives Facilitated small-group conversations that lead to stronger partnerships, common ground, and practical solutions

5–6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

7:30–8:30 a.m.

8:30–9 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of Day Two

9–10:30 a.m.
Leadership and Teamwork Workshop
Mark Saine, Managing Director, Client Leadership Solutions, TIAA

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m.
Academic Program Costs: Understanding Links Between Programming and Cost with Gray Associates
Zach Paz, Chief Product Officer and Senior Partner, Gray Associates
Mohammed Khayum, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Southern Indiana University

12–1 p.m.

1–2 p.m.
CAO and CBO Roles in Ensuring Affordability and Value
Matt Ceppi, Executive Director, AASCU Consulting
Susan Borrego, Special Assistant to the President, AASCU

2–2:30 p.m.
Reflections and Closing


Registration Information

Registration will close on Friday, Sept. 16.  

Register Now

Registration is limited to 30 pairs of CAOs and CBOs. Registrants must be members of AASCU or NACUBO.  

Both the CAO and CBO from the same institution must be committed to participating. A president may join the pair if desired. 


$500 per participant ($1,000 per pair) 

Each member of a campus pair must register individually. 

Contact Felicia Durham, AASCU registrar, if you have any questions.  

Accommodations and Meeting Location

The Darcy 
1515 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005  

Reserve your hotel online by Friday, Sept. 2 to secure the reduced rate for AASCU and NACUBO members. Reservation requests received after Sept. 2 may be subject to a higher rate.     

Sleeping Room Options: One King bed: $229   

Book Reservation


Kathleen Scott 
Vice President, Leadership Development and Partnerships

Danita Young 
Assistant Vice President, Meetings and Conferences

Felicia Durham 
Registrar, Leadership Development and Partnerships






Gray Associates