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Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA,, has been selected as the fourth president of NAICU.  She will begin her tenure on September 1, 2019.

Mistick became the 19th president of Wilson College in 2011.  She is the architect of the strategic plan Wilson Today, a 5-point plan structured to double enrollment by reducing tuition and creating a first-of-its-kind student debt buyback plan, adding academic programs in health care and other areas of demand, addressing infrastructure and future facilities needs, improving the marketing of the College, and opening all degree programs to coeducation. During her tenure, Wilson has experienced record enrollment growth, nearing 1,500 students in fall 2018.

Previously, Mistick was president of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where she provided strategic leadership and operational oversight of a library system that serves approximately 1.2 million people and includes 19 neighborhood library locations.

Over the course of her 30-year career in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Mistick also has been an entrepreneur, educator and leader at institutions such as the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) and the National Education Center for Women in Business at Seton Hill University (PA), and at various businesses she managed and/or founded.

Mistick is the board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania (AICUP) and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges.

Mistick’s book, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, was designated as an Amazon Editor’s Pick and ranked #12 on the 800-CEO-READ’s Best Seller list. 

She earned a doctor of management from Case Western Reserve University (OH), an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (PA), and a bachelor of science from Carlow University (PA).