Pre-Keynote Workshop:
Campus Economics 101 presented by Mark Reed

Integrating priorities, people, and financial impacts in institutional decision-making presented by Jacalyn A. Askin, PhD


  • Audra Kahr, Cedar Crest College
  • Amy Scott, DeSales University
  • Annette Diorio, Lafayette College
  • Douglas Mahony, Lehigh University
  • Allan Chen,  Muhlenberg College

Pre-Keynote Workshop: Fundamentals of Higher Education Finance – Full Presentation with Audio

Keynote Address and Panel: Understanding and Innovating Economic Models – Full Presentation with Audio


National Association of College and University Business Officers

Jacalyn Askin, Senior Fellow for Finance and Campus Management at NACUBO, leads the association’s Economic Models Project for which she has authored two white papers, led numerous presentations and workshops and developed the “NACUBO Economic Models Journey” website. Jackie holds a doctorate in higher education finance from the University of Arizona. She is a graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology, of Georgia Tech where she earned an MS in industrial management, and the University of Iowa where she received an MA in accounting. She was named Financial Executive of the Year in 2001 by the Institute of Management Accountants Southwest Region, and NACUBO’s “Rising Star” in 2003.

Jackie has spent 35 years in education administration and finance in research universities, community colleges, and K–12 systems. Her responsibilities included planning and budgeting, accounting and financial analysis, procurement, risk and contracts management, facilities construction and maintenance, human resources, public safety and emergency planning, marketing, lobbying and elections oversight, grants and auxiliary enterprises, information technology, program and partnership development, and institutional research. Prior to joining NACUBO in 2015, Jackie served as vice president of administrative services at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler, Ariz. In previous positions she served as vice president at Paradise Valley Community College, Assistant Dean for Finance Business for ASU’s College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, and Interim Dean of Continuing Education and Academic Outreach at the University of Arizona.

Chief Information Officer, Muhlenberg College

Allan Chen has been the Chief Information Officer for Muhlenberg College for the past 4 years. As CIO at Muhlenberg, Allan is responsible for the full breadth of information technology services. He manages the development and long-term strategic role of technology across all of campus. Along with handling traditional services such as user support, media, telecommunications and administrative systems, the Office of Information Technology also works with other departments on business process management.

Prior to coming to Muhlenberg College, Allan served as the Chief Information Officer at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. He has also served as an Assistant Dean at the Santa Clara University School of Law, and held a number of positions at Stanford University. He has spent his entire career in higher education and information technology.

Allan is active on social media, and with the EDUCAUSE higher education IT organization, and has recently served on their 2019 Conference Program Committee and their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

Allan has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

Vice President for Campus Life, Lafayette College

Annette Diorio has served as Vice President for Campus Life at Lafayette College since September 2012. In this capacity, she provides leadership for a comprehensive student services division which includes the Student Experience Offices (Dean of Students, Residence Life, Health Center, Counseling Center, Intercultural Development, Educational Equity, Recreation Services, Student Involvement and Spiritual and Religious Life), the Public Safety Department and the Athletics Department. She also served as the College’s Senior Diversity Officer from 2012-14.

Diorio began her career in higher education in 1986 as a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Canton prior to moving on to SUNY Brockport in a similar capacity. Her first department head role was at Missouri Western State College, where she served for eight years as Director of Residence Life and progressed to the role of Associate Dean of Students. She has been at Lafayette since 2000 and has held a variety of positions in Campus Life, including Assistant Dean and Director of Residence Life, Associate Dean and ultimately Dean of Students in 2010. Immediately prior to becoming Vice President, she spent approximately one year in several roles within the Finance Division at the College. She has developed and taught several courses throughout her career, including first-year seminars, at Lafayette, Missouri Western and SUNY Brockport.

Diorio was recognized at Lafayette’s prestigious, student-chosen the Aaron O. Hoff Awards, with Administrator of the Year honors in 2012. At Lafayette’s 2006 pre-Commencement awards dinner, she received the Cyrus S. Fleck Jr. ‘52 Administrator of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the campus community. She also received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service in 1996 from Missouri Western State College.

Diorio earned her bachelor’s degree (B.S.E.) from the State University of New York at Cortland, master’s degree (M.Ed.) from St. Lawrence University and doctoral degree (Ed.D.) from the University of Kansas. She was also awarded a certificate of completion for Crisis Leadership in Higher Education in 2012 from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Cedar Crest College

Audra J. Kahr has served as the chief financial officer and treasurer at Cedar Crest College since 2010. In her current role, Ms. Kahr has been a key figure in shaping the future direction of the College, both programmatically and financially. In addition to overseeing the College’s finances, Ms. Kahr was heavily involved in the creation of Cedar Crest’s Strategic Plan and helped lead the campus master plan initiative. She enhanced the grant process to generate more revenue and continues to search for creative ways to fund programs like study abroad, additional majors and new graduate programs. Ms. Kahr is responsible for the administrative functions at the College including facilities, human resources, finance, student financial services, conference services, aquatic center, general services, telecommunications and transportation, campus police and Mayfair, Festival of the Arts. In 2018, in addition to her current role, Ms. Kahr was name the chief operating officer of the College. In recognition of her work, Ms. Kahr received the Lehigh Valley Business’ 2014 CFO of the Year award in the category of large non-profits (25 or more employees) and was a Lehigh Valley Business Forty under 40 honoree in 2013.

Ms. Kahr joined Cedar Crest College in 2005. Prior to her current position, she served as manager of financial and operational analysis and controller at Cedar Crest. Before joining the College, she served as senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and as senior financial analyst at Tyco International. Kahr is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She earned bachelor’s degrees in management and accounting from DeSales University. She serves as the Treasurer of the Wildlands Conservancy, Vice President of the Moravian Development Corporation, is a member of the board of directors of the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, the finance council for the Bethlehem Area Moravians and the Allentown Diocese Finance Council where she chairs the audit committee.

Associate Professor of Management, Lehigh University

Douglas Mahony serves as an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University. His research interests include organizational conflict, alternative dispute resolution, participatory work systems, and social networks. His work has appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Management, Industrial Relations, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Additionally, he is the co-author of Workplace Justice Without Unions. Professor Mahony is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Prior to his appointment at Lehigh University, Mahony served on the faculty at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Global Human Resource Management and Labor Relations.

Mahony received his undergraduate education from University of Toronto and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Vice President for Finance & Administration & Chief Financial Officer, Moravian College

Mark Reed has served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration, CFO at Moravian College since January of 2012. In this role Reed is responsible for all financial operations, debt management, the endowment, risk management, contracts, operational and capital budgeting and all facilities management, including operations, project management and campus planning. In addition, he serves as the administrative liaison for the Audit, Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees.

Prior to becoming the Vice President for Finance and Administration, CFO, Reed spent 11 years as the Director of Business and Financial Operations at Moravian College and 13 years at The Wood Company (currently Sodexo), serving most recently as the Director of Accounting.

In the community, Reed has served as the Treasurer of the Board of Southern Parkland Youth Association and is currently an active member of the Bethlehem Rotary, holding several positions on the Board including President and Vice President. Reed earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Kutztown University. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Associate Professor, DeSales University

Dr. Scott received her BA from Penn State and MBA and PhD from Lehigh University. Her doctoral studies in economics included concentrations in public finance and international economics.

Prior to coming to DeSales, Dr. Scott taught at both Lehigh University and Lafayette College. She teaches courses in economics and finance at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate courses taught include: Economics of Public Issues, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Personal Finance.

In the MBA program, she teaches Economics and Managerial Finance.

Her articles have appeared in several journals, including Thunderbird International Business Review, Sport Management International Journal, Journal of Sport and Tourism, and International Economic Journal. Her current research includes the regional economic impact of sporting events. Past projects include the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship and the Lehigh Valley Marathon for Via 2010-2018.

She has co-authored a textbook, due for publication in 2020, with DeSales associate professor Bradley Barhorst, CFA for Flat World Knowledge entitled Managerial Finance.