Bob Shea joined the Senior Staff at Elon University on March 1, 2017. Prior to Elon, he was NACUBO's senior fellow, for finance and campus management, where he led the Higher Education Economic Models Project and the Endowment and Debt Management Forum. He spoke extensively across the nation on the sustainability of economic models in higher education. Prior to NACUBO, he was the Vice President for Business Affairs (CFO) at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), a four campus, 18,000 student, 1,200 employee, and $145 million dollar public institution. Concurrently, Shea advised the Rhode Island commissioner of higher education on strategic and financial issues for CCRI, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, a combined $900 million educational entity. Prior to his second career in higher education, Shea had a career in the US Navy culminating his service on the faculty at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
A retired Navy captain, Shea served for twenty five years as an aviator and financial management executive culminating his naval career with three years on the faculty at the Naval War College teaching leadership and resource allocation. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.