Presidents Perspective

Christian College President’s Perspective

Perspectives on the value of the CFO and Business Officer, exclusively for Presidents of Christian Colleges.

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Another Reason to Choose a Christian College

My youngest is choosing a college. I hope she will choose a Christian college. The preeminent university in her field is so anti-Christian that they expelled Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship from their school. Certainly, that academic community needs ambassadors of Christ, but do I want my daughter subjected to their constant indoctrination?

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It’s the Leadership Process, Not the Plan

You might not be leading a revolution, or trying to thwart one, but I think you would agree that you live and lead in turbulent times. As a consequence, leadership challenges can seem unrelenting. Moreover, you will be judged on your ability to respond effectively to that pressure. If you ably guide the school you lead through crisis and challenge to greater levels of impact, you will be considered a success. If, however, under your leadership difficult situations are not resolved, leading to diminished impact, you will likely become a target for criticism.

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Are you a Chief Financial Officer or Bookkeeper?

Many business officers holding the title of CFO are really bookkeepers.  This is dangerous for the institution and for the employee.  An institution hiring a CFO should receive high-level financial management.  An unqualified CFO puts him/her self in a precarious position if all he or she is doing is record-keeping and reporting when your employer is looking for much more than that.  An institution of higher education requires solid, strategic leadership; this requires much more than a bookkeeper can or should provide.

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Why College and University Presidents Should Support Professional Development

If professional development budgets are tight, allocating budget to pay your your CFO's way to a conference can be difficult. The CFO and business officer who makes the strongest case, with data and specific projections, are most likely to get the green light. Why not sustain your hard-won culture of leadership and strengthen your institution by sending your CFO to the ABACC Conference?

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Don’t Cut the Professional Development Budget!

Dr. Duane Kilty, Indiana Wesleyan University for the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges

We can all agree that colleges are facing significant financial challenges and need to do everything possible to improve the bottom line.   We would also agree that developing our employees professionally is important.  

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Why Your CFO Needs the President's Support

Experienced members of ABACC were asked the question, "What do you wish you had known when you started in the Christian Higher Education industry?"

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