Diana Heeren will take part in a year-long fellowship for chief business officers
by Susie P. Gonzalez
Diana Heeren, associate vice president for finance at Trinity University, is one of only 11 higher education business leaders in the nation selected for the 2018-19 cohort of Fellows by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).
Heeren, who arrived at Trinity in April 2017 reporting to Gary Logan, vice president for finance and administration, says the leadership development program will help hone her skills and bring new ideas to the University.
“I am excited about being a NACUBO Fellow for 2018-19 and am looking forward to working with my peers from other colleges and universities,” Heeren says. “Becoming a NACUBO Fellow provides great recognition for me, as well as for Trinity, and I appreciate Gary’s support in nominating me for this program. I believe this experience will complement my existing skills, strengthen my leadership abilities, and provide me with new tools to incorporate into my work here at Trinity.”
The NACUBO Fellows Program is an intensive year of development for higher education professionals who aspire to be chief business officers. The Fellows will work together and with higher education presidents, provosts, and chief business officers to deepen their knowledge of business management, institutional communications, and the expanding role of the chief business officer on campus.
Heeren is responsible for the University’s $140 million budget and long-range financial planning. She provides leadership to various departments, including multiple offices with a business operations and financial services focus, and is leading a task force created by Trinity President Danny Anderson to strengthen the policy review and approval process at the University.
Heeren was previously the assistant vice president for finance at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., where she was a two-time recipient of the school’s “Whatever It Takes” award. In addition, she was a team member for several Middle States reviews of other colleges and universities.
Heeren received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College in 1996, and served as controller at her alma mater until 2004. She is a certified public accountant, certified information technology professional, and a chartered global management accountant.
NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the country. It works to advance the economic vitality, business practices, and support of higher education institutions in pursuit of their missions. The Fellows cohort will kick off its year in July before the NACUBO 2018 Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or on Twitter @susiegonz.