COVID-19 Webinars
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Living with COVID-19:

Challenges in Reopening Well

A Three-Part Webinar Series for ACCU Presidents and Their CFOs/CBOs/GCs


During spring 2020, ACCU member colleges and universities successfully made rapid educational, financial, and other adjustments as the pandemic crisis disrupted the academic year. To support their efforts, ACCU presented three webinars that looked ahead to 2020-2021 (and beyond), as presidents continue to ensure a high-quality education for their students, while protecting the health of their campus communities and the financial sustainability of their institutions.

These webinars were offered as a no-charge, ACCU member benefit.

ACCU thanks the member presidents who participated, many accompanied by their chief financial officers, business officers, and general counsels. We are also indebted to the partnering organizations that worked with us to present these webinars. We hope you find the recordings and other resources below to be helpful.

If you would like to suggest a topic for a future webinar, please email ACCU




Sustainable Financial Plans

Monday, June 15, 4:00-5:00 pm (Eastern)

The pandemic has intensified the financial challenges facing private higher education. Topics in this session include how ACCU institutions are balancing the short- and longer-term impact of cost reductions and other adjustments to their business model, while ensuring mission-centered decision making.


Moderator:  Tom Flynn, Senior Fellow, ACCU

Presenter:    Jim Hundrieser, Vice President for Consulting, NACUBO


Colleen Hanycz, President, La Salle University (PA)

Arvid Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)

Co-sponsored by ACCU and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).




Staying Reopened

Monday, June 22, 4:00-5:00 pm (Eastern)

Universities will operate for at least the next two years amid varying levels of public illness, requiring unprecedented institutional flexibility. Topics in this session consider adjustments to the calendar and curriculum, hybrid teaching & learning models, residential & campus life considerations, expanded retention programs, and more.


Moderator:  Tom Flynn, Senior Fellow, ACCU

Presenter:   Jim Hundrieser, Vice President for Consulting, NACUBO


Jack DeGioia, President, Georgetown University (DC)

Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles (CA)

Co-sponsored by ACCU and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).



Addressing Potential Liability Risks

Monday, June 29, 4:00-5:00 pm (Eastern)

As universities prepare to open their doors in the fall, administrators are making plans to help the incoming students, faculty, and staff safely reengage with learning and campus operations. This session outlines ways to mitigate liability risks, should someone on campus contract COVID-19.


Moderator:  Joel Buckman, Counsel, Hogan Lovells


Michael Kidney, Partner, Litigation Group, Hogan Lovells

George Ingham, Partner, Labor and Employment Group, Hogan Lovells