Beginning this summer, Scott Frew, assistant vice president for finance and treasury management, will have an opportunity to deepen his knowledge of leadership and financial management in higher education. He is one of 16 fellows chosen from across the U.S. for a professional development program offered by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
Frew says he’s looking forward to spending the next year exchanging ideas and strategies about college finance and administration. “It’s almost like an intensive mini-MBA for business officers,” he says. “There’s a curriculum with a focus on leadership and best practices. I expect to go on listening tours at other colleges and attend national NACUBO meetings. I’ll also have the chance to interact with smaller groups of peers in the program with similar career aspirations.”
At Dartmouth, Frew oversees the debt portfolio, working capital, banking relationships, and cash management.
“The NACUBO fellowship is a great development opportunity for Scott and demonstrates Dartmouth’s commitment to investing in high-potential and high-performing staff,” says Michael Wagner, chief financial officer for the College. “The fellowship is not only about the technical aspects of financial administration, but also a chance to learn from colleagues and other chief business officers how to solve problems and influence change in the higher education environment.”
Last year, the NACUBO fellowship went to one of Frew’s colleagues, Assistant Vice President for Finance Tricia Spellman. “The great thing about the program is that I’ve been able to tailor it to my responsibilities at Dartmouth,” Spellman says.
Founded in 1962, NACUBO is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country. In announcing this year’s fellows, Marta Perez Drake, NACUBO’S vice president of professional development, says, “We are excited to build upon a successful first year of the NACUBO Fellows Program as we prepare this impressive new group of aspiring chief business officers to successfully steer colleges and universities in the future.”
Wagner says both Spellman and Frew “have great potential to influence how institutions, including Dartmouth, will operate in an era of constrained resources and continued cost pressures, and we are proud to sponsor them as NACUBO fellows.”
Frew received his undergraduate degree in commerce from the University of Calgary and earned an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Before coming to Dartmouth to direct endowment administration in 2005, he worked for Fidelity Investments. He and his wife have two children and live in Norwich.
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