Heard on the Street...

Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education

  ​“I am thrilled that Barbara Mistick is taking the helm of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). These are turbulent days for all of American higher education, but NAICU and its member institutions could not have a better leader in place to navigate a thoughtful, strategic course forward on the public policy issues facing our nation’s private, nonprofit institutions.

Dr. Mistick has a long and distinguished career as an entrepreneur, educator, and leader. She has guided Wilson College through a period of record growth while demonstrating a deep commitment to access and value for students and their families. When she begins her tenure at NAICU on Sept. 1, Barbara will no doubt hit the ground running and immediately make her voice heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill and across the federal policymaking landscape. ACE and the rest of the higher education community are fortunate to have someone of Barbara Mistick’s experience and expertise at the public policy advocacy table, and I look forward to working with her.” 

Jo Allen, Chair, NAICU Board of Directors and
President, Meredith College (NC)

  ​“Barbara brings a deep understanding of private, nonprofit higher education, experience working with state and national elected officials, and a history of leading nonprofit organizations to the NAICU presidency,  She also brings a perspective familiar to so many of our students today: she was the first in her family to earn a college degree and finished her undergraduate degree after spending several years in the workforce.”   


Tom Foley, President, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)

  ​“Barbara has been an effective voice for Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities in Harrisburg and around the state, and is excellent at telling the success stories of Wilson’s students, programs, and community contributions, I am confident she will bring the same focus, strategic thinking, and energy to Washington that she showed here in Pennsylvania.”