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Sunday | April 30


6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Golf Tournament

The Golf Club at Newcastle, WAJoin us for the 2017 WACUBO Annual Golf Tournament, a day of golfing fun and networking with your colleagues. Capping 350 expansive, hilltop acres, The Golf Club at Newcastle is the premier Pacific Northwest golf course and event destination. The property features 36 holes of championship golf, framed by stunning, panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the Seattle skyline. When playing golf in Seattle, no venue offers a more picturesque Pacific Northwest view.

All golfers, young and old, beginners and experienced; here’s your opportunity to golf on a stunning Pacific Northwest course. Round-trip transportation, grab-n-go breakfast, and a seated lunch are provided. Club rentals are available.

April 30, 2017
Bus departs The Westin Seattle at 6:30 a.m.
Shotgun start promptly at 8:00.
Bus departs for The Westin Seattle at approximately 2:20 p.m.

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration


9:00 a.m. - Noon Pre-Conference Workshop
Lessons in Leadership & Followship

Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant, The Human Capital Group, Inc.

Your campus team supports your professional development and has witnessed your potential for the next level of leadership. This pre-conference session will unfold best practices in continuing to develop your leadership, followship and professional presence. Join Diane for an interactive session to sharpen yourself as a polished and resourceful higher education business officer. After this session, you will be able to schedule a one-on-one with Diane to design your personalized plan.

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2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I
Reframing Higher Education’s Economic Models

Jacalyn Askin, Ph.D. and Bob Shea

NACUBO has undertaken a two-year project to help member institutions navigate the changing dynamics of current higher education economic models. The project will illustrate the current state of economic models of higher education, set a vision for what future economic models might looks like, and assist governing boards, presidents, their leadership teams, and their stakeholders to engage in the difficult work of structural and cultural change within higher education. In this session, we will discuss the metrics institutions use to monitor their economic health, key dimensions of institution’s economic models and strategies leaders may implement to initiate necessary change.


But Aren’t We Tax-Exempt? UBIT in the Higher Education Context
Kyle Richard

The Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) is an oft-misunderstood part of the tax code that can impact campus initiatives and operations when it is not appropriately considered and planned for. This presentation will provide a primer (or refresher) on UBIT, when it may apply, exemptions, managing campus and investment UBIT, and how to structure programs and transactions to minimize UBIT exposure.


Inclusive Leadership: Achieving Better Results in Today’s Diverse Environment
Keenan Barr and Chuck Shelton

Diversity in its many forms - generation, gender, race, and sexual identity, to name a few - abound in organizations as incoming talent, clients, and customers have changed with globalization, as well as our country's demographic and cultural shifts. While this new dynamic has positively impacted the workplace and beyond in numerous ways (i.e. innovation), it has also created unexpected and unforeseen challenges for leaders. This session will take a brief look at some of the challenges leaders face in today's diverse environment, before delving into practical ways to lead inclusively to turn those seeming challenges of diversity into advantages that will bring better results.


6:30 p.m. Opening EventOpening Event Reception and Dinner

Join us for WACUBO’s opening event at MOHAI. The Museum of History and Industry is respected nationally and treasured locally as a dynamic, innovative museum where historical exploration inspires people to create a better future for themselves and their communities. MOHAI tells Seattle’s story through temporary exhibitions and two permanent exhibitions: True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and the Bezos Center for Innovation. True Northwest examines the trials and successes of Seattle’s colorful, sometimes bumpy trek from wilderness to world city. The Bezos Center for Innovation investigates Seattle’s role as a nexus of big ideas and new directions. Come discover the past, as well as the future of creativity and invention in the region.