Published on May 10, 2017 by Philip Poole  
Imbragulio Lisa

by Olivia Williams 

Samford University administrator Lisa Imbragulio was recognized as an emerging higher education leader for the 2017–18 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Fellows Program. Imbragulio is associate vice president for business and financial affairs. 

Imbragulio is one of 16 exceptional business and finance professionals selected from colleges and universities across the country. The NACUBO Fellows Program, which debuted in 2016, is an intensive one-year professional development program designed to prepare promising professionals for leadership positions in higher education business and finance. 

Over the course of the year, fellows will work with higher education presidents, provosts and chief business officers (CBOs) to deepen their knowledge of business management, institutional communication and the expanding role of the CBO on campus. Additionally, they will evaluate and enhance their leadership skills as they learn the core competencies needed to succeed as CBOs.  

“I am honored to join the group of 16 business and finance professionals from universities across the country selected to participate in the NACUBO Fellows Program,” Imbragulio said. “I will have the opportunity to attend seminars, interact with leaders from across higher education, visit other institutions and further develop my leadership skills.” 

Marta Perez Drake, vice president of professional development at NACUBO, said “With each new cohort of NACUBO fellows, the talent pipeline to the chief business officer role strengthens, diversifies and grows. We are excited to build upon a successful first year of the NACUBO Fellows Program as we prepare this impressive new group of aspiring chief business officers to successfully steer colleges and universities in the future.” 

Olivia Williams is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.