Available to subscribers in the March 2014 issue of Business Officer magazine. 

Listen to Howard Teibel and Gail Gregory discuss the article in the current episode of Navigating Change below.

In "With Clarity for All," Howard Teibel and Gail Gregory share insights from leaders in education on the importance of clarity and collaboration across the institution.


Today's chief business officer can no longer be focused exclusively on the financial and administrative areas within their institution. Addressing issues such as affordability, value, and sustainability requires a shared leadership strategy with responsibilities crossing divisional lines. To be successful, leaders need to improve the way they communicate with each other and develop a common sense of purpose

In the March 2014 issue of Business Officer magazine from NACUBO, available in print now, we investigate the importance of collaboration and clarity of communication.  In With Clarity for All, leaders from Emory University, Caldwell College, and Carnegie Mellon University, all experienced with creating and maintaining collaborative environments at their institutions, share their efforts to bridge three key leadership groups: faculty, administration, and the board.

Our deepest thanks to these key leaders who so generously contributed their expertise to this article, including: 

  • Nancy Blattner, President, Caldwell College
  • Jack Rainey, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Caldwell College
  • Amir Rahnamay-Azar, Vice President for Finance and CFO, Carnegie Mellon University
  • James Stalder, Chairman of Finance Committee and Vice Chair of Audit Committee, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michael Mandl, Executive Vice President for Business and Administration, Emory University
  • Claire Sterk, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Emory University

Each of these individuals and their institutions face unique challenges. Their solutions illustrate that today’s successful CBOs are finding the common themes of mutual respect, common language, and collaboration to be key in meeting those challenges head on.