Information | Eligibility | Selection Process

WACUBO is dedicated to the professional development of its members. Beyond attending our Annual Conference, workshops and Institutes, interested individuals can become involved within the organization itself. We know that many of our members have substantial professional experience and diverse skills. If you're interested in donating your knowledge, time and leadership skills, please take a moment to read how you can become more involved.

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How to become a Committee Member?

The greatest quantity and variety of volunteer opportunities occur in service to one or more WACUBO Committees.

  • There are 13 Committees of the Association. These are the committees that provide the best opportunity for beginning and establishing a track record of volunteer service to WACUBO.  
  • There are five Committees of the Board (Audit, Executive, Finance, Nominations, and Site Selection). You must be a member of the Board of Directors to serve on one of these committees. Typically, members have substantial prior experience volunteering for WACUBO.

If you would like to express interest or request information regarding volunteer service, please contact Ruth Johnston, First Vice President.

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How to become a Committee Chairperson?
As you might expect, Committee Chairs typically have served on a committee for some time and have demonstrated strong support for the committee's work as well as leadership skills and talents.

How to become a Board Member?
Currently the Board is comprised of 15 Directors and Officers. The Nominations Committee recommends candidates who are elected during the Annual Meeting, which takes place at each Annual Conference, to serve for 3-year terms, or they are appointed by the President.  Typically Board members have substantial prior experience volunteering for WACUBO.

For more information, please go to the WACUBO ByLaws here.

How to become a Board Officer?
Four Officers of the Board (President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Secretary) are elected by the membership during the Annual Meeting (held during the Annual Conference) based on nominations either from the Nominations Committee or from members.  One officer, the Treasurer, is appointed by action of the Board of Directors.  Usually each of these officers has demonstrated significant leadership for WACUBO in service to various committees over time.

For more information, please go to the WACUBO ByLaws here.

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Volunteer Eligibility

To be eligible to serve on a WACUBO Committee you must work as a management or financial officer at a WACUBO member institution. See WACUBO Bylaws here for more information.   

For general expectations of a Committee Chairperson and Committee Member, see WACUBO Leadership Manual here for more information. 


  • Availability.  The volunteer is in a professional position and a personal situation that will allow her or him to provide the hours that a specific WACUBO position will require.
  • The home institution supports the individual's volunteering, and, if the WACUBO position requires it, supports WACUBO as well with commitments of resources and staff.  WACUBO is an all-volunteer organization.  Everything we do is accomplished through gifts of time, talent and resources.  Some WACUBO positions require modest amounts of time (for example, serving as a volunteer at the Annual Conference to help participants register), whereas others require substantial amounts of time and institutional support (for example, Host Committee Chair for the Annual Conference). Whatever her or his WACUBO position may be, we seek confirmation that the home institution supports our volunteer.
  • History of keeping commitments. WACUBO seeks to understand that the volunteer has a record of following through.  WACUBO's work is sufficiently demanding that there is seldom time for a "do-over" in the recruitment and selection of volunteers.
  • Commitment to WACUBO. WACUBO has a clear mission and current volunteers demonstrate their personal commitment through their contributions of time and talent.  We seek volunteers who know and support our mission.  We follow our volunteers' WACUBO service histories as a way to demonstrate the capacity for increasingly higher positions in our organization.
  • Experience with similar volunteer organizations.  WACUBO is not an exclusive club.  We recognize and value a history of service to NACUBO, the other ACUBO regions, and other associations committed to higher education.
  • Willingness to contribute to the long-range future of higher education from a personal development perspective.  Does the volunteer have a commitment to his or her own personal development as an investment in the future of higher education?  Does he or she have a history of leading innovation at the institutional level?  Does she or he have a history of participating in professional development opportunities, possibly as a leader or presenter, in areas that address our collective future?
  • Has an independent vision for business officer professional development.  Has the volunteer reflected on the role of the business officer to the degree that she or he has developed her or his own thoughtful ideas about what members of our profession need from contemporary professional development programs?
  • Does the career path show a foundation of knowledge?  Has the volunteer served in various professional capacities that help her or him establish a foundation of deep experiential understanding of the range of complex issues that WACUBO seeks to help its members address?
  • Has leadership skills demonstrated by career path and volunteer history. 
  • Ability to collaborate.  As an all-volunteer organization we place a premium on collegiality.  We seek volunteers who can collaborate - who show respect for the ideas of others, who disagree respectfully and through constructive engagement, and who, once a group makes a decision, support the outcome gracefully.

Selection Process

WACUBO's volunteer selection process is managed by our Volunteer Engagement Committee ("VEC"). Our First Vice President Chairs the VEC, whose task is to bring clarity and transparency to volunteering. You can read more about the roles and responsibilities of the VEC here.

There are two ways for business officers serving WACUBO member institutions to let the VEC know they are interested in serving.  At any time you can fill out the volunteer form on WACUBO's website.  Or, once a year in the early Spring, the VEC invites regional members to let us know of their interest by means of a region-wide email.  The timing of this invitation allows placements to take place prior to the beginning of the new program year, which starts each May following the Annual Conference.

Either way, a few weeks after receiving the information from your completed form, a VEC member will contact you directly.  The VEC is composed largely of past presidents of WACUBO, each one of whom has extensive knowledge of the required skills and responsibilities of volunteers serving on our various committees.  The purpose of the direct contact is for VEC members to get to know a bit more about you than is available from the form, which will help better match your skills and interests with service opportunities.

WACUBO values inclusiveness and seeks a balance of diverse volunteers with respect to gender, ethnicity, institutional type and business officer roles and responsibilities.  And as you might imagine, we usually have more volunteers than open positions.  So there is not always an immediately available match between new volunteers and service opportunities.  However, the VEC maintains your information in confidence in our volunteer database and makes every effort to put your time and talents to work for WACUBO.

At the conclusion of the VEC's review process, which can take a few months following the phone interview, the Chair of VEC emails each volunteer with information about the results of the Committee's efforts to place her or him.

Thank you for your interest in joining WACUBO.

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