Rusty Crawford, MPA, executive administrative dean for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently named a business officer by the National Association of College and University Business Officers for its first Emerging Leaders Program. Crawford and 72 others in university administrative positions across the United States were chosen from a large group of applicants for the yearlong program. In total, participants represent 58 institutions across 27 different states, and were selected based upon the demonstration of their commitment to furthering their careers in higher education finance and strong potential for advancement.
“I’m ecstatic to have been selected to participate in NACUBO’s inaugural ELP,” Crawford said. “I’m looking forward to addressing the current challenges in higher education and identifying opportunities that will shape the future of higher education in our country.”
Crawford’s ties to Mizzou date back to 1988 when he came to Columbia as an undergraduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in finance and human resource administration at MU. He will begin pursuit of a doctorate in education with an emphasis in educational leadership and policy analysis this fall at MU.
He began his career at MU in 1991 in the Psychology Department. He also worked for MU Direct and the School of Medicine before joining the UM System Information Technology Division in 2004 as the senior business manager of finance and administration. Crawford joined the CVM in August 2018.
During the Emerging Leaders Program, Crawford will work with other participants to enhance his personal leadership skills, examine the impact of the business office and cross-campus relationships, as well as gain a better understanding of the present state and future of higher education.
In a press release, Susan Whealler Johnston, NACUBO president and CEO said, “We are thrilled to add the Emerging Leaders Program to NACUBO’s suite of professional development offerings for promising business officers,” she said. “We strongly encouraged candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education leadership to apply, and this explicit focus on diversity comes at just the right time for the business office, as new perspectives are needed to help the entire sector continue to evolve.”
By Nick Childress