At Annual Meeting, Financial Officers Find Plenty to Talk About

It is almost impossible to escape talk of the economic crisis. College financial officers discovered that this week as they tried to flee here for a meeting but found that the economy was the No. 1 topic of conversation over cocktails, in elevators, and in between conference sessions.

It was, that is, for those who showed up at the annual meeting of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. Dozens of the nearly 400 registered attendees were no-shows.