Kennesaw State finance executive among first university business fellows

 Dawn Gamadamis


National Association of College and University Business Officers selects Dawn Gamadanis

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 21, 2016) — A Kennesaw State University executive has been selected as one of 15 aspiring chief college and university business officers nationwide to participate in the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ inaugural leadership development fellowship program.

As a NACUBO fellow, Dawn Gamadanis, assistant vice president for financial management, will spend one year working with higher education presidents, provosts, and seasoned chief business officers to deepen her knowledge of university business management, institutional communications and the expanding role of the CBO on campus.

“I am very passionate about the future of higher education and its role in preparing our leaders of tomorrow,” said Gamadanis, who oversees a university budget of $512 million and a team of over 80 employees. “The NACUBO plays an important role in shaping that future. Its Fellows Program provides an invaluable growth opportunity for me to strengthen my leadership skills, network with similarly experienced individuals and gain additional insights into the challenges and opportunities facing CBOs today. The experience will allow me to ‘pay it forward’ to faculty, staff and students.”   

Gamadanis, a Kennesaw State alumna, earned an MBA and an undergraduate degree in business administration. In addition to her primary role in the University’s administration, she serves as a member of Kennesaw State’s Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee, which is developing the university’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. 

NACUBO officials say the fellowship program is launching as higher education faces complex issues on many fronts. They cited an evolution in the nation’s student population, the adoption of new tuition strategies, lower college and university endowment returns at many institutions and the anticipated retirement of many current chief business officers.

“It is critical that we prepare key talent to lead our industry into the future,” said Marta Perez Drake, NACUBO's vice president of professional development. “The Fellows represent the best of the sector’s talent pipeline, and we look forward to helping them grow as higher education business professionals.”

The NACUBO Fellows Program will formally kick off during a workshop preceding the NACUBO 2016 Annual Meeting in Montréal this summer.

NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO's mission is to advance the economic viability, business practices and support for higher education institutions in fulfillment of their missions. For more information, visit



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit