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Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, Vice President for Business Affairs, Otterbein University to Speak at the Knowledge Group’s Event

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, Vice President for Business Affairs, Otterbein University will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast. For further details, please visit:

New York, NY, May 06, 2017 --( About Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings currently serves as the Vice President for Business Affairs at Otterbein University. Prior to coming to Otterbein in 2010, she served as the assistant vice president for budget planning and analysis at Ohio University.

Vazquez-Skillings has extensive experience in finance and administration in the education and state government sectors. In the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) for the State of Ohio, she served as chief of education with oversight for primary, secondary and higher education related biennial operating and capital budgets; senior analyst for higher education; and analyst for school facilities and administrative services. Prior to joining the Office of Budget and Management, she worked in the Office of the Governor for the State of Ohio as assistant for criminal justice, public safety and regulation, and with budget office of the Ohio Department of Human Services.

Rebecca’s service to community and profession includes: current member of the Ohio Board of Education; member of the National Association for College and University Business Officers Small Institutions Council; and member of the local Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. Vazquez-Skillings earned her bachelor's degree from Kenyon College and her master's degree in public administration from The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University with a concentration in education finance.

About Otterbein University

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

Event Synopsis:

Continued class action lawsuits against retirement plans has put colleges and universities under considerable pressure by participants, counsel and vendors. Which is often confusing and difficult to manage. In addition, higher educational institutions are subject to pressure to reduce expenses while expanding programs creating conflict to where resources should be applied to attract, retain and matriculate faculty, staff and students. Effective retirement plan compliance requires that key administrators and staff have a thorough working familiarity with retirement plan regulatory framework and best practices.

In this live webcast, a team of thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will give a boot camp on how colleges and universities can increase the effectiveness of their retirement plan compliance program and best practices. The panel will discuss best practices on how to coordinate and to monitor essential plan operations, conduct investment option assessments, manage and report appropriately to regulatory agencies, implement financial stewardship, and spot and respond to red-flag situations.

Key Topics Include

Regulatory Overview
Class Action Lawsuit Update
Best Practices for:

Fund performance measurement
Fund fee analysis
Fund selection
vendor management & analysis

Risk Assessment
Data Management and reporting for annual audit & best practices
A plan sponsor’s view

Fiduciary Stewardship & Call to action
On-going review & oversight

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

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