President's Office


  David L. Warren, Ph.D.

David L. Warren has been president of NAICU since 1993.  A tireless crusader for America's private colleges and for increased financial aid funding for all college students, he is widely regarded as one of the most persuasive and influential voices for higher education within Washington, D.C.  He is frequently asked to speak at higher education national conferences and on campuses, and is regularly quoted by the news media on national higher education issues.

Warren came to the association after nearly a decade as president of Ohio Wesleyan University, an independent liberal arts college of 1,900 students.  This experience has helped him lobby successfully to eliminate intrusive regulation, restore proposed cuts to federal student aid, and gain tax relief to help families and students afford higher education.

As a member of the founding board of Campus Compact, and a member of its executive committee since 1986, Warren has been a leader in the national community service movement.  He was appointed by the governor of Ohio to chair the Ohio Ethics Commission for two years.  He also chaired the NCAA President’s Commission of Division III from 1989 to 1992.

Warren held a number of administrative and faculty positions at Yale University and at Antioch University, culminating in service as Antioch’s senior vice president and university provost.  From 1982 to 1984, he was the chief administrative officer of the City of New Haven, Conn.

Warren earned a B.A. in English from Washington State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned master’s degrees in both divinity and urban studies from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar in India and a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale.
    Sandi McGraw
Executive Assistant to the President
Sandi McGraw serves as administrative assistant to the president and other senior staff members in administration, and maintains membership records. She attended Minot Business College in Minot, N.D.