Winter 2019 - Issue 6 TB Connects

In Memoriam

Emerson College, The Boston Consortium for Higher Education, and the broader higher education community lost a valued member, colleague, and leader on December 12, 2018 with the passing of Maureen Murphy.

Maureen was a dedicated contributor to higher education through her role as Chief Financial Officer at Emerson and through her volunteer service in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO), and TBC. She was an active TBC Board member for over 10 years, and her contributions were numerous. Maureen was integral in the creation of TBC's Internal Audit program.

Her honesty, generosity, warmth, and professionalism enriched those fortunate enough to know and work with her. Our sincerest condolences to her family, colleagues and friends.

Mac Hisey
Chair, The Boston Consortium for Higher Education
CFO, SVP of Administration and Finance, Berklee College of Music

Happy 15th, Vogt!

TBC will celebrate its 15th year of the Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program in 2019-20. The program honors the remarkable work and spirit of Susan Vogt, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Wellesley College from 2000 to 2003. Vogt Leadership Fellows devote 10 mornings over the academic year to the development of their leadership skills, led by Professor Joe Raelin of Northeastern University, and skilled facilitators Mark Braun and Kay Gruder. Vogt participants bond over their shared fellowship experiences, and alumni of the program are known to get together long after their year has concluded to reminisce, deepen their friendships and networking, and continue their collaborations.

Are you or a colleague looking to develop your leadership skills? Do you have a rising star on your team who would benefit from a yearlong program to develop his/her skills in the areas of leadership, management, coaching, and conflict resolution? Please be on the lookout for the 2019-20 Vogt application, which will be distributed to member institutions’ HR departments this spring. More information about the program, the facilitators, and the expectations of program participants can be found here.

New Initiatives Development and Implementation (NIDI)

TBC’s NIDI resource guides the design, development, and deployment of key collaborative projects and initiatives across TBC member schools, focusing on the following objectives:

  • Project Management Leadership
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Cost Reduction
  • Process Capacity/Capability Enhancements
  • Professional Development for Staff for Efficiency/Effectiveness

The objective of the NIDI function is to provide one stop collaborative Project Management leadership support for key initiatives amongst our member schools.

Over the past four years, NIDI has been actively involved in key projects and initiatives at Boston University, Brandeis, Berklee College of Music, Emerson, Olin, Suffolk, and Wheaton. NIDI has provided Project Management and internal consulting in the areas of Finance Operations, Admissions, Sponsored Research, Facilities, Human Resources, Administration, Procurement, Audit, and Advisory Services.

For more information, contact Paul Tumolo, Director of NIDI at

Emergency Managers Symposium

The Emergency Managers Community of Practice held its third annual symposium in December at Babson’s Executive Conference Center. This year’s conference was co-sponsored by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Emergency managers and public safety representatives from New England colleges and universities were present for two days of discussions, presentations, and the sharing of best practices. Highlights included: a presentation about campus safety and mental health by Erin Carcia, Associate Director, Public Safety and Deputy Chief of Babson Police, and Jan Holton, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Babson; an overview on the winter weather outlook from meteorologist Glenn Field of the National Weather Service; and a look at enhancing wireless communications on campuses by Joseph Harrington, Director of Network Services, Boston College. Attendees were also impressed with the breadth of New York University’s Global Security Operations Center after an in-depth look at its functions in a presentation by its directors, and they look forward to a multi-university, multi-campus table top exercise this year with the Department of Homeland Security focused on cybersecurity, IT, supply chain, and continuity of operations.