Johnston and Kania discuss the importance of listening in leadership

Rollins Trustee Susan Johnston ’75, president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and Ed Kania, Rollins’ vice president for business and finance, recently sat down with Business Officer magazine to discuss the CBO role and the challenges higher education is facing today. The two leaders focused on the importance of active listening in organizational leadership, a concept they both strongly believe in and follow.

Johnston became NACUBO’s president and chief executive officer last August, emphasizing her intent to interact with and listen to the association’s members in order to gain an understanding of how NACUBO could better serve their needs. Kania is also new to his current position, where he is responsible for the College’s risk management and insurance programs, real estate ventures, commercial interests, project management, institutional budgeting, human resources, facilities maintenance, and campus master planning.

Together, the two higher-education leaders represent a range of shared governance, both believing that leaders need to seek other people’s perspectives to be able to succeed in their roles.

Read the full Q&A with Johnston and Kania on Business Officer’s website.