Did you know that WACUBO turns 80 years old in 2017? That’s right...the organization that brings you premier professional development programs in the Western Region - from workshops to the Business Management Institute to the annual conference - held its first meeting in Stanford, California during the height of the Great Depression and on the eve of the Second World War.

Today, our membership includes institutions in 14 western United States, three Canadian Provinces, Mexico and other Pacific Rim nations.

A survey of the annual conference themes over the course of its 80 years reveals that WACUBO has always strived to engage members on relevant topics informed by contemporaneous events, from the onset of the Cold War to the struggle for Civil Rights to the advent of the information age. From now until the annual conference in Seattle in May, we will take you on a journey through WACUBO’s history with highlights from the archives.

Below are the first in the series of these memorable tidbits. Special thanks to Kori Wetsel, current WACUBO Secretary, and Jake O’Connor, at the University of Utah, for their contributions in gleaning these WACUBO Moments in Time from meeting minutes.

  • 1936-1937: The Board of Directors first recorded meeting minutes from their meeting held in Stanford, California.
  • 1940-1941: At the Board of Directors’ meeting, the “hot topic” was the Social Security Act, which had been enacted by Congress five years earlier. The meeting place was Pasadena, California.
  • 1941-1942: From Eugene, Oregon, the Board of Directors meeting minutes reflect the topic of discussion as “national defense problems”. Unsurprising given the historical context (WWII), there are no recorded minutes for the 1942-1943 and 1943-1944 program years.

Stay tuned for more WACUBO Moments in Time every month. Be sure to check out special 80th Anniversary events and drawings at the 2017 annual conference in Seattle.

Happy Birthday, WACUBO!