WACUBO 2023 Schedule-at-a-Glance

The 2023 Annual Conference Program is on its way! The program combines insightful sessions, compelling workshops, stimulating panel discussions, and incredible networking opportunities among fellow industry professionals. Share best practices, common knowledge, and fun new experiences.

Check back frequently as more session information will be added soon!

CPE Credits

Attendees can earn up to 3.5 CPE credits during the Pre-Conference workshops and up to 16.5 CPE credits during the conference. 

| April 29

12:00  PM – 7:00 PM MDT Registration Desk Hours 
 8:00  AM – 12:00 PM MDT WACUBO Board Meeting (by invitation only)

April 30

8:00  AM – 7:00 PM MDT

Registration Desk Hours

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM MDT

Golf Tournament 

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

Pre-Conference Workshops

The Creativity and Innovation Workshop 

  • Howard Teibel, Founder, Teibel Education Consulting

Biscuit Bites – Lessons in Leadership Through History and Pop Culture

  • Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant for Executive Search and Leadership Advisors, Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT

WACUBO Mentoring Program

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM MDT

Concurrent Sessions I:

Comprehensive/ Doctoral and Research Institutions Committee (CDRIC) Roundtable

Small Institutions Constituent Committee Roundtable

Community College Constituent Committee Roundtable

  • Linda Cordier, Pima Community College
  • Debbie Baker, Western Wyoming Community College
  • Wendy Davis, Cochise College
  • Leda Johnson Estrella, Mountain Community College
  • Darren Marshall, Salt Lake Community College
  • Andrew Plucker, Pima Community College
  • David Tamanaha, University of Hawaii, Maui College
  • Sandy Valdez, Pima Community College

Student Success: Supporting Diverse Student Populations in an Era of Uncertainty

  • Catie McCorry-Andalis, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, University of Texas El Paso
  • Dr. Edwin Toshio Hamada, Assistant Vice President for the Residential Experience, Colorado College

Using an Antiracist Lens to Rethink Budgetary Norms

  • Dr. Peony Elyn Fhagen, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Equity & InclusionColorado College
  • Dr. Mateo Munoz, Associate Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Colorado College

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM MDT

Business Partner Showcase Opening Event & Kickoff Social

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM MDT

Welcome Reception and Dinner at Desert Foothills


Monday | May 1

 8:00  AM – 7:00 PM MDT

Registration Desk Hours

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM MDT

Business Showcase Breakfast

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM MDT

Welcome Address

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM MDT

General Session I

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM MDT

Business Partner Showcase Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

Concurrent Sessions II:

A Campus-Based Approach to Thinking About Well-Being

  • Doug Everhart, Director of Student Wellness and Health Promotion, University of California Irvine
  • Chris Martin, Vice President for Finance and Administration, CFO, Salt Lake Community College

Digital Transformation Initiative for Rural Higher Education: A Collaboration of Adams State University, Fort Lewis College, and Western Colorado University

  • Chad Robinson, Associate Vice President Information Technology/CIO, Western Colorado University
  • Kevin Daniel, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Resources - CIO, Adams State University
  • Matthew McGlamery, Chief Information Officer, Fort Lewis College

Blueprint for Becoming an Ally for Accessibility: UNLV's Digital Accessibility Ambassador Program

  • Heather M Ortiz, Director of Communication, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Jerra E Strong, Web Accessibility Specialist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MDT


1:30 PM – 2:15 PM MDT

Business Partner Showcase Dessert

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM MDT

Concurrent Sessions III:

  • Guadalupe Valencia-Skanes, Senior Associate Vice President for Business Affairs/Deputy, Chief Financial Officer, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Andrea Cortinas, Vice President and Chief of Staff, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Sandy Vasquez, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, CHRO, University of Texas at El Paso

Programs for Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated Students

  • Dr. Markel D Quarles, AVP for Student Affairs & Student Services, California State University, Bakersfield
  • Keramet Reiter, Professor & Director of LIFTED (a UC BA for incarcerated students), University of California, Irvine
  • Anthony J Offret, Advanced Program Manager - State and Federal Prison Programs, Pima Community College
  • Dr. Ashley Hamilton, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Denver, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI)

NACUBO Washington Update

  • Liz Clark, Vice President, Policy and Research, NACUBO
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM MDT

Keynote Session 

  • Alexandra Samuel, Author, Remote, Inc.
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT

Business Partner Showcase Wine & Cheese Reception

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT

Dinner on Your Own

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM MDT

New to WACUBO Event

8:30 PM – 10:30 PM MDT

Sweets in the Suite


Tuesday | May 2

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM MDT

Registration Desk Hours 

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM MDT

Business Partner Showcase Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM MDT 

Keynote Session

  • Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist | Distinguished Professor, Texas Tech | Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy | Author, SAVING US
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM MDT

Business Partner Showcase Refreshment Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM MDT

Concurrent Sessions IV

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM MDT


1:30 PM – 2:15 PM MDT Refreshment Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM MDT

Concurrent Sessions V:

Anti-Racism in Business and Finance – What Does That Mean and What Can You Do?

  • Jon Giacomi, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services, University of California, San Francisco
  • Ailene Estalilla, Cheif of Staff, University of California, San Francisco

Carbon Reduction for the Business Officer

  • Dr. Benjamin Levie, Campus Energy Manager, University of California, San Francisco
  • John Packard Rosendo, Energy Analyst, University of California San  Fransico

Flex Work Makes the Team Work: Aligning Your Project to Your Institution's Mission and Values

  • Rebecca Reid, Innovation & Transformation Analyst, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Elizabeth A. Wellington, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Metropolitan State University of Denver

The Art of Working with Faculty: Communication, Translation, and Collaboration
  • Jeffrey Ratje, Associate Vice President, Finance & Administration, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Melanie Hingle, Associate Professor, University of Arizona

Sharing the Gift of Higher Education – A Case Study on the Acquisition of Sierra Nevada University by the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Vic Redding, Vice President of Administration & Finance, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Dr. Jill S. Heaton, Senior Vice Provost, University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe
  • Susan Johnson, Assoc. V.P. Finance and Administration, University Nevada, Reno
3:45 PM – 5:05 PM MDT

General Session II

  • Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, San Jose State University 
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM MDT  WACUBO President's Reception & Toast
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT  Dinner on Your Own
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM MDT WACUBO After Dark

Wednesday | May 3

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

Registration Desk Hours 

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM MDT

Breakfast Buffet

 8:45 AM –9:45 AM MDT

General Session III

The Road Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education
  • Steven Gonzales, Chancellor, Maricopa Community College

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MDT

Keynote Session

Color Of Change

  • Heather McGhee, Author, Speaker, and Advocate

11:15 AM – 11:30 PM MDT

Closing Remarks


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