Danilo Castillo, director of finance and administration at the Florida International University College of Law, is the recipient of the 2013 Rising Star Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
NACUBO, a membership organization representing chief business and financial officers of more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the globe, acknowledges up-and-coming professionals in higher education with their Rising Star award. Recipients are identified as future leaders who have not yet reached the chief business or financial level, and have made meaningful contributions to the efficiency of their institution.
R. Alexander Acosta, dean of the FIU College of Law, said Castillo has been integral to the success of the College.
“Mr. Castillo’s leadership style reflects an understanding that solid financial planning, management and execution are integral to institutional success,” Acosta said. “The practices and procedures put in place by Mr. Castillo have greatly contributed to the College’s efficiency and progress.”
Castillo’s “unfailing competence,” he added, allows the faculty and administration to focus without distraction on providing a learning environment that is nurturing, supportive and academically rigorous.
Kenneth A. Jessell, FIU’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, who nominated Castillo for the award, congratulated Castillo on this recognition. “We are all proud of what he has accomplished,” he said.
Castillo serves as the administrative principal for the business, finance and administration of FIU Law. As director, he is tasked with the challenge of establishing an ethical business and administrative environment that supports the College’s constituents, and is charged with the primary fiduciary responsibility for meeting all standards of compliance.
“I am honored to receive the NACUBO Rising Star Award,” Castillo said. “I am particularly grateful to Dean Acosta and Dr. Jessell for their nomination. I look forward to continue to add value to the College of Law and FIU.”
The award will formally be presented to Castillo at the organization’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, on July 14.