Future Business Officers Program

Building Beneficial Relationships in Higher Education

  • Saturday, July 29
  • 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Hilton Minneapolis
  • Room: TBA


Melissa Beardmore

Vice President for Learning Resources Management

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, Maryland

Corey Bradford

Senior Vice President for Business Affairs

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View, Texas

Ed Kania

Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Dawn Rhodes

Chief Business & Finance Officer and Vice President

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Lynn Valenter

Vice Chancellor-Finance & Operations

Washington State University Vancouver

Vancouver, Washington


Colleges and universities are complex organizations with operational and governance structures that do not easily adapt to change. Successful business officers understand the importance of building relationships, especially with colleagues who have academic and governance functions. Explore how, working together with other institutional leaders, business officers facilitate transparency, ensure business decisions are grounded in sound analysis, and help institutions excel.