Impact of Inflation on Higher Education


Impact of Inflation on Higher Education

The next worry for higher education: inflation. Learn how it impacts higher education and get useful examples of how colleges are responding successfully.

While the news has been largely positive about the state of finances in higher ed, the damaging effects of raging inflation present another darkening cloud that higher ed leaders will need to navigate. Two reports from Moody’s Investment Services project that wage inflation, labor shortages, and a nationwide hiring push will send institutional expenses skyrocketing this academic year. Meanwhile, the strong labor market matched with rising inflation will have an additional negative impact on college enrollment and revenues.

Join us along with your peers from across the nation for a free webinar to discuss this issue and explore the following questions:

  • What strategies or best practices are being implemented to respond to rising inflation?
  • How are you communicating and making space for dialogue with your faculty/staff/students/alumni on the impact of inflation on your campuses?
  • In what ways will inflation impact gains in endowments or an increase in state-supported funding?

You’ll leave this webinar with a greater awareness of how other higher ed leaders are handling inflation on their campuses, as well as new ideas for how to respond on your own campus.


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for higher ed leaders a) impacted by the challenge of financial administration, and b) who would like to hear how peers at other institutions across the nation are thinking about and addressing this issue.

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Leslie Brunelli

Senior Vice Chancellor Finance & Administration, University of Denver

Leslie Brunelli is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs and University Treasurer at the University of Denver. Leslie functions as the chief financial officer and develops operational and financial policies that deliver the resources, services, and facilities necessary for the continued advancement of the University’s vision, mission, and values. Reporting to her are the offices of the Controller, University Financial Services, Facilities Management and Planning, Internal Audit, Campus Safety, Human Resources and Inclusive Community and Enterprise Risk Management.

Leslie has 25 years of experience in higher education, previously serving in multiple positions at the University of South Carolina including vice president for finance and chief financial officer. She is an active member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and has presented at NACUBO, SACUBO and APLU events. Leslie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a Master of Business Administration.

Susan Fitzgerald

Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investor Service
Susan Fitzgerald is an Associate Managing Director in Moody’s Investors Service Public Finance Group and manages Moody’s Global Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Ratings Team. The team rates over 750 colleges, universities, and not-for-profit institutions worldwide. Susan has extensive experience across multiple other public finance sectors, including healthcare, housing, state, and local government ratings. She has also been involved in various initiatives related to ESG analysis, charter schools, intercept ratings, and public-private partnerships. Susan holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, Los Angeles.

Jean Vock

Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Jean Vock has been with the University of Nevada Las Vegas since 2017 and her responsibilities include oversight of the controller’s office, financial services, administrative services, facilities management, planning, construction and real estate. Jean holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting, is a CPA and has been involved in higher education and governmental accounting, technology and business administration for over 30 years. She is passionate about professional development and organizational effectiveness, and is committed to helping organizations grow strategically, and find innovative solutions to achieving efficiency, effectiveness and simplicity of business operations.

Jean is actively involved in professional associations and served as President for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) for the 2016-17 program year and as a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) board of directors from 2015-2018.

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