John Walda served as President and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) from 2006 to 2018. Additionally, he served on the Indiana University Board of Trustees, chaired the Indiana Lottery Commission, and presided over Clarian Health Partners (now Indiana University Health).
While serving on IU’s board, he launched an investigation into an allegation against coach Bob Knight that confirmed some details but did not completely dispel others.
Early Life and Education
John Walda was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School. Following this he continued on to Indiana University, earning both his BA and JD degrees.
After graduating from law school, he worked for 26 years at the Fort Wayne law firm of Barrett & McNagny. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Indiana State Lottery Commission.
Since 2006, he has served as President and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in Washington, D.C. He also holds positions on the Steering Committee for Washington Higher Education Secretariat, American Council on Education, Indiana University Foundation board of directors and trustee positions at Carroll College and Stetson University.
John Walda has had a distinguished career in legal and public policy. He is currently president and CEO of NACUBO in Washington, D.C.
After graduating with his BA and JD from Indiana University, he pursued a career in law for over three decades. As a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, as well as Senior Vice President for Federal Relations at Bose Treacy Associates LLC, his expertise was put to good use.
He is an EMDR psychotherapist with extensive experience treating PTSD, developmental trauma and relational issues. In addition to this he has served on the Board of Directors for Yellowstone Park Foundation as well as being a member of the American, Montana and Indiana State Bar Associations; American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench); and The American College of Trial Lawyers.
Achievements and Honors
Recently, The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) awarded Pennsylvania State University with a lifetime achievement award for their business and financial leadership. PSU’s chief business officer James Patterson was recognized as the NACUBO Distinguished Business Officer in recognition of his career accomplishments and service to higher education.
John Walda, President and CEO of NACUBO, presented the awards during various association events in 2018. These honorees have achieved extraordinary success in their higher education business or financial management roles as well as for their exemplary advocacy on behalf of institutions and students, along with for their transformative initiatives that prepare universities for future challenges.
Walda served as president and CEO of NACUBO from 2006 until his retirement in 2018. He served on the Indiana University Board of Trustees, chaired the Indiana Lottery Commission, and served on boards including Clarian Health Partners (now Indiana University Health), Carroll College, and Stetson University.
John Walda is renowned for his love of family and faith. As a devoted husband and father of three children, John embodies these values in his personal life.
His career has seen him hold numerous leadership roles within higher education. For twelve years, he served as President and CEO of NACUBO.
His accomplishments and honors are numerous. He is the recipient of the NACUBO Distinguished Business Officer Award, among other distinctions.
Before becoming President and CEO of NACUBO, he was a partner in the law firm Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis and Senior Vice President for Federal Relations for Bose Treacy Associates LLC. Additionally, he holds memberships in the American, Montana and Indiana State Bar Associations; American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench); American College of Trial Lawyers; NCAA Presidential Task Force on Division I Intercollegiate Athletics; AAU Council on Federal Relations; NASULGC Council on Government Relations.
John Walda has an estimated net worth of $110 million. He is a professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards in the NBA and was drafted by this team in 2010. Since then, he has won many awards and earned himself a place among top point guards in the league. Additionally, John has received many endorsements from major brands and companies.
Walda was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended Concordia Lutheran High School before earning a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Following this he went on to law school and earned his Juris Doctor in 1975. For twelve years Walda served as president of the Indiana University Board of Trustees before moving onto other boards such as professional organizations.