Mentoring Program 2020-2021

The WACUBO Mentoring Program is a year-long program designed for aspiring chief business officers (CBOs) and aspiring chief financial officers (CFOs) whose next career step could be CBO or CFO of an institution of higher education. WACUBO intentionally targets this group because, when the next "higher up" is the college or university CFO or CBO, it can be challenging to find a mentor.

Mentees will be matched one-to-one with experienced, senior-level CBOs/CFOs who will serve as mentors.

The WACUBO Mentoring Program builds bench strength in those headed for CBO and CFO roles by supporting their professional development and through leveraging the expertise and talent of senior CBOs and CFOs in the region.

Throughout the year-long WACUBO Mentoring Program, mentees will participate in regular mentoring sessions with a senior level mentor, and engage in meaningful dialogues on topics such as developing as a leader in higher education, navigating change and transitions, building key relationships, and personal branding.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Mentor Program Participants! WACUBO is pleased to announce the following individuals have been selected to participate in this year's program. This year's mentees include the following individuals:

  • Julie Crea, Vice President for Finance and Administration
    Lewis Clark State College
  • Queen King, Associate Vice President, Financial Services & Controller
    California State University Bakersfield
  • Stephanie Pope, Assistant Vice President for Financial Operations
    Oregon Institute of Tech
  • Nicole Salazar, Vice President, Financial Services
    University of Arizona
  • Kim Salisbury, Executive Director, Academic Budget & Planning
    University of Idaho

Each of these outstanding mentees have been paired with a mentor to support their growth and development. WACUBO extends thanks and appreciation to our mentors for their time, energy, and commitment to this program. This year’s mentors include the following individuals:

  • Cathy Anderson, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Administrative Services
    University of Utah
  • Arch Asawa, Vice President for Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Investment Officer
    Soka University of America
  • Leslie Brunelli, Senior Vice Chancellor, Business & Financial Affairs and University Treasurer
    University of Denver
  • Morgan Olsen, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO
    Arizona State University
  • Stacy Pearson, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance & Administration
    Washington State University


For more information, contact WACUBO Mentoring Program Chair, Jennifer Williams.