Samford University will host an Operating
Expense Reduction Summit Oct. 8 and 9 for college administrators who
want to maximize the financial efficiency of their schools.
Participants will exchange existing
best-practices and discuss ways to develop new ideas to reduce
Administrators from a variety of public and private
schools in 10 states have pre-registered for the conference.
“The program will identify innovative ways to
reduce operating expense without compromising the quality of students’
educational experiences,” said Samford provost Dr. J. Brad Creed, an
organizer of the summit.
The summit will be conducted by The Coyne
Partnership, a consulting firm that recently helped Samford identify
and prioritize several million dollars in potential near-term cost
Firm members Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne
will present a plenary session on their innovative ideation technique,
Brainsteering, which was recently featured in
Harvard Business Review. The firm also includes Edward J. Coyne, a former senior Fortune 500 executive and recently retired Samford professor.
H. King McGlaughon, senior vice president and
managing executive of Wachovia Non-Profit and Philanthropic Services,
will present the keynote speech on Thursday, Oct. 8. He will discuss
the current U.S. economic situation and its effects on the near-term
operating budgets of colleges and universities.
Each day, breakout sessions will allow participants to exchange their best ideas related to the topic.
For registration information, contact Ed Coyne at (205) 726-2041. Summit registration is available online at