Tricia Spellman Named NACUBO Fellow

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The assistant VP for finance has been selected for a yearlong leadership program.

Patricia Spellman
“Through the program, I hope to further develop my leadership and communication skills,” says Tricia Spellman. 

Next year, Assistant Vice President for Finance Tricia Spellman will join the inaugural group of 15 aspiring chief business officers from colleges and universities around the country to take part in a new fellowship program offered by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

The NACUBO Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to provide support, education, and learning opportunities to participants as they deepen their knowledge of business management, institutional communications, and the expanding role of the CBO in higher education.

“I am honored to be accepted to the NACUBO Fellows Program and have the opportunity to attend seminars, interact with leaders from across higher education, visit other institutions, and work on a project with a group of colleagues,” says Spellman. “Through the program, I hope to further develop my leadership and communication skills.”

“Tricia’s acceptance to this program is a wonderful recognition of her achievements and potential as a university business officer,” says Chief Financial Officer Michael Wagner. “Her participation reflects Dartmouth’s commitment to the professional development of our staff.”

Spellman came to Dartmouth in 2010, and served as interim chief financial officer for the Geisel School of Medicine in 2014-15, helping the interim dean oversee the school’s recent reorganization.

Previously, Spellman, who earned her bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and her MBA from Simmons College, had a 15-year career in public service as a budget analyst, senior policy analyst, budget director, and chief financial officer for Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, and as a health policy analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Most recently, Spellman was director of administration at the Harvard University FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the center’s operations. In that role, she helped implement new global health programs and supported research activities in developing countries.

She served on the Simmons College School of Management Alumnae Association Board for four years, and is currently on the board of WISE, an Upper Valley crisis support, advocacy, and gender-based-violence prevention organization. She lives with her husband and daughter in Norwich, Vt.

NACUBO is a membership organization representing chief business and financial officers of more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country, with a mission “to advance the economic viability, business practices, and support for higher education institutions in fulfillment of their missions,” according to the organization’s website.

Hannah Silverstein, MALS ’09