February 3-6, 2019
JW Marriott Washington Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20004

NAICU thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 2019 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day:

BBA Corp Blue Moon Consulting Group Campus Building Group
Campus Sonar 2019 CampusWorks Carnegie Dartlet
EY Parthenon Haley Associates logo
HelioCampus logo Hyatt Fennell Logo Institute for Humane Studies
Interfolio logo The Learning House: A Wiley Brand logo
Mason Jay Blacher _2019 National Management Resources logo
Pioneer College Caterers logo RHB logo Rickes Associates logo
Sibson Consulting SimpsonScarborough logo Spelman Johnson logo
Stevens Strategy The Registry Up&Up Agency logo


  Academic Search has offered executive search services exclusively to higher education institutions for over 40 years. Founded on the principle of strengthening higher education leadership through professional search services, Academic Search is the only search firm in the nation with a formal relationship to a premier leadership development program. As the subsidiary of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), Academic Search provides substantial financial support to a number of leadership identification, development, and support programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. To learn more, visit our website.
  As part of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, AGB Institutional Strategies partners with universities, colleges, foundations, and Boards to create sustainable, innovative, mission-focused solutions to help them adapt to the changing higher education environment.  Our commitment to our partners extends beyond the recommendations we provide, as we remain with our partners to ensure solutions are implemented.  Visit our website for more information about our process, consultants, and to read case studies from our work.
American Academic Leadership Institute logo   The American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading nonprofit organization that offers leadership identification, development, and support programs for administrators at public and private colleges and universities across the country with grants from Academic Search, Inc. AALI works with member institutions and employees of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to cultivate the next generation of higher education leadership from within their member institutions.  For more information, see our website. 
BBA Corp   BBA Campus Connection is a multi-faceted company focused on providing innovative campus auxiliary solutions tailored to meet the individual needs of each institution.  With industry leading success in on-campus student store operations, including virtual stores and mail services, and progressive student housing solutions, BBA Campus Connection is the ideal campus auxiliary services partner. Visit our website for more information.
Blue Moon Consulting Group   Blue Moon Consulting Group provides its colleges and universities insight, counsel, and experience to help them effectively manage real-time response to significant issues and crisis events. We also help schools mitigate issues and avoid crises altogether through the development of proactive issues management programs, the enhancement of crisis management and communications plans, and by conducting training, exercises, and leadership sessions. Our goal is to build an organizational culture in which reputation is viewed as a key asset and fundamental strategic input into decision-making. Visit our website for more information.
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Campus Building Group provides higher education institutions with viable, affordable ways to develop, finance, build, and operate campus facilities. CBG’s leaders have spent their careers serving clients in this market and bring together the expertise of two firms: Tarlton Corporation general contractors/construction managers has been building for higher education since 1946. The Gateway Group draws from decades of experience in business, government, and law to develop collaborations between the public and private sectors. Working as Campus Building Group, our team enthusiastically guides institutions through P3 partnership-building and construction to strengthen campuses and communities. For more information, visit our website.

Campus Sonar 2019   Campus Sonar is a specialized social listening agency that empowers colleges and universities to find and analyze conversations that matter, seize engagement opportunities, and develop data-informed strategies. We draw on thought leadership, higher education expertise, and modern technologies to provide actionable insights and ignite campus strategy. We have flexible, project-based services that fulfill short-term needs or ongoing partnership services that provide lasting value, and expert analysts provide strategy and guidance. Contact us for a Free Social Listening Snapshot or sign up for Brain Waves, our monthly newsletter dedicated to social listening in higher education. 
CampusWorks   At CampusWorks, we believe that student success should be at the heart of every decision. That’s why colleges and universities across the nation trust us to provide an independent perspective and creative solutions to improve operations, reduce costs, and position students for success. To learn more, please visit our website.
Carnegie Dartlet   Carnegie Dartlet is the only communications firm that generates unprecedented human connection through psychometric marketing and team integration. We are leaders and innovators in higher education marketing, offering groundbreaking services in the areas of research, strategy, creative, digital, lead generation, and team building to create clarity and connection inside and outside of institutions.  Visit our website for more information.
  Credo has partnered with independent college and university presidents, cabinets, and board members around the country for more than 20 years, using our team of interdisciplinary experts to develop, research, implement, and help your team go farther faster and more efficiently. Informed by a holistic approach to institutional health, we deliver action and results in strategic planning, campus planning, student success, marketing, enrollment, architecture, and research.  Our expertise in this marketplace allows us to understand the unique challenges independent institutions face, as well as add context to the cultural, societal, and economic pressures influencing change. We believe in the importance of independent institutions in the national landscape, and know that with smart, data-driven strategies designed to lift up your mission and propel your vision, independent higher education can grow and thrive through any challenge.  For more information, visit our website
EY Parthenon  

EY-Parthenon professionals are global leaders in strategy consulting. EY-Parthenon teams are committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape. Innovation has become a necessary ingredient for sustained success. Critical to unlocking opportunities is the EY-Parthenon balance of strengths – specialized experience with broad executional capabilities – to help you optimize your portfolio of business, uncover industry insights to make investment decisions, find effective paths for strategic growth opportunities and make acquisitions more rewarding. EY-Parthenon methodologies, along with a progressive spirit, can deliver intelligent services for clients, amplify the impact of strategies, and make EY-Parthenon consultants the global advisors of choice for business leaders. For more information, visit our website.

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Haley Associates is a higher education consulting and executive search firm dedicated to providing personalized, high quality services focused on the unique needs of the institutions and leaders we serve. By design we are a boutique firm, committed to working on a limited number of consulting engagements and searches in order to deliver on our commitment to being a client focused practice. For more information, visit our website.

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HelioCampus is a fast-growing data company exclusively working with the higher education community. HelioCampus offers not only an extensible data platform, but also ongoing data science services, and provides client institutions with actionable solutions through comprehensive integration and analysis of key data across the student lifecycle, institutional financials, and more.  By helping colleges and universities use analytics to increase enrollment, improve student success, ensure financial sustainability and accelerate gift giving, we enable them to ask and answer their most pressing questions through data analytics, data storytelling, and data science. Originated within the University System of Maryland, HelioCampus offers a unique perspective on using data to facilitate meaningful conversations that fuel higher value analyses and spur action, leading to greater institutional performance and financial sustainability.  To learn more, visit our website.

Hyatt Fennell Logo   Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search, led by Marylouise Fennell and Cheryl Hyatt, is a highly successful executive search firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Colorado. Together with a strong support staff and several independent senior academic consultants, they are rich in higher education and recruitment experience. Hyatt-Fennell is well-known and respected for placing top executives with colleges and universities nationally and internationally. Through a partnership with its clients, Hyatt-Fennell enhances and streamlines the search process and offers a commitment to find the perfect person for each position. For more information, visit our website.
Institute for Humane Studies   The Institute for Humane Studies, a non-profit educational organization based at George Mason University (VA), has worked for nearly six decades to help institutions of higher education, including students and faculty, advance knowledge and create a more just, peaceful, and thriving world. We support academics interested in developing, teaching, and applying ideas of freedom and a free society. This includes sponsoring graduate student and faculty participation in conferences, seminars, and workshops; and partnering with faculty to fund and offer logistical support for faculty-led on-campus educational programming for students. To learn more, visit our website
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Interfolio offers the first holistic faculty information system to support the full lifecycle of faculty work, from hiring to annual review, committee work, research, activity reporting, and more. With over 250 clients, Interfolio leads the market in innovative technology designed specifically to benefit both institutions and their faculty. For more information, visit our website.

  Each day, higher education’s internal and external environments serve up a platter of opportunities and problems that drive decision-making to a transactional mode. Fusing strategic, academic, and business planning moves independent institutions beyond the transactional by focusing on Deep Strategy™ -- critical issues where decisions have fundamental, long-lasting impact on institutional reputation, performance, and viability, such as affordability, market-responsive programs, and integration of technology.   Our approach connects strategy selection and resource decisions to the business model and supports institutions moving to an adaptive, outcomes-focused planning-and-management culture.  Contact George Kaludis at 202-607-7686 or gkaludis@kaludisconsulting.com to discuss your institution's needs.
The Learning House: A Wiley Brand logo   Learning House, Inc. helps people improve their lives through education. As an academic program manager, Learning House offers technology-enabled education solutions designed to meet the needs of a dynamic global market. Solutions include Online Program Management (OPM), Enterprise Learning Solutions, The Software Guild, Learning House International and Advancement Courses. With a focus on data-driven decision making, Learning House is on the leading edge of higher education. Learning House provides expertise in research and analytics, marketing, enrollment, retention, and instructional design. Through its broad portfolio, Learning House delivers more students, more graduates, and better outcomes. To learn more, visit our website.
Mason Jay Blacher _2019   Mason Jay Blacher & Associates offers direct, hands-on principal gift fundraising expertise that informs development audits, feasibility studies, and capital campaigns.   Mason Blacher, formerly director of major gifts at Stanford Business School (CA), has also served many institutions personally as interim director or vice president for advancement, filled difficult-to-hire major gift officer positions on contract, strengthened boards of trustees, and mentored those who seek to improve their fundraising or development management skills.  To learn more, visit our website.
  Founded in 2004, ModernThink is an organizational development and management consulting firm with expertise in improving workplace quality. As a higher education survey expert, we have worked with over 1,200 colleges and universities administering surveys, benchmarking against peers, developing best practices, and advising institutions on meaningful, impact-driven, and sustainable action plans. We help colleges and universities become better places to work and learn. ModernThink is the data and research partner behind the Great Colleges To Work For® program, an annual recognition program that highlights top workplaces in higher education. For more information, visit www.modernthink.com and www.greatcollegesprogram.com.
  National Management Resources Corporation was founded in 1978. National provides services exclusively to private institutions of higher learning. Services include physical plant maintenance and repair, custodial, landscape, event planning and setups, security, and construction management. National tailors its services to meet the needs and goals of the clients they serve. With National, you can rest assured that your facilities look their best for recruitment, retention, and advancement. National helps make colleges and universities look picture perfect all of the time. To learn more, visit our website.
Pioneer College Caterers logo   Pioneer College Caterers is the nation’s leader in providing the highest quality dining service exclusively to faith-based colleges, universities, and seminaries. We provide a unique dining experience, designed specifically for each partner school, helping to drive enrollment, increase retention, and further their mission. Serving 48 campuses in 20 states nationwide for almost 50 years, we are committed to meeting the varied and increasingly sophisticated tastes of today’s students. We offer the best of both worlds: experienced and innovative culinary expertise and a dedicated mission fit for your campus.  For more information, visit our website or contact Doug Brown at
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RHB is a marketing and design consultancy serving higher education. Since 1991, more than 140 colleges and universities have retained the RHB team to solve branding, marketing, enrollment, and fund-raising challenges. Our mission to help great causes succeed leads us to marketing research, strategic planning, and creative implementation solutions for both private and public institutions. We specialize in identifying clear market positions for our client and integrate marketing strategies with best-use technologies. For more information and useful insights, visit our website.

Rickes Associates logo   Rickes Associates has helped over 200 colleges and universities take the guesswork out of making mission-critical campus space decisions. As higher education futurists and strategists, our planning projects are solution-oriented and data-driven, linking an institution’s strategic goals with physical space requirements. Higher education institutions engage us to resolve a variety of planning challenges: making better use of existing campus space, identifying the nature and quantity of potential new space, assessing classroom utilization, creating campus space inventories, aligning academic programs to need, and helping institutions become more future-resilient. Email Persis Rickes or Monica Meyerhoff or call at 617.364.4444.
Sibson Consulting  

Sibson Consulting is the firm of choice for colleges and universities seeking a partner to create dynamic and comprehensive human resources, benefits, and organizational development strategies to support their institutional goals and objectives. Our firm's dedicated, cross-functional higher education practice brings to your institution broad experience and deep understanding of the dynamics of academic institutions. Our size, decision-making process and consulting philosophy enable us to tailor our approach to suit each institution's needs.  For more information, visit our website.

SimpsonScarborough logo   We’re researchers who answer questions, strategists who question answers, and creatives who connect the dots, transforming question marks into exclamation points. We build brands that inspire and endure. Brands that stand for something real, for something more, for something true. In our more than a decade in higher education marketing, we’ve partnered with over 200 colleges and universities who share our belief that research is at the core of any meaningful marketing strategy and campaign, and who understand that authentic outputs are the direct result of thoughtful, tested inputs. We are SimpsonScarborough, the first and last name in higher education marketing research, strategy, and creative.  To learn more, visit our website.
Spelman Johnson logo   Spelman Johnson is a premier executive search firm exclusively committed to serving higher education. Recruiting talented leaders on behalf of the institutions they serve, Spelman Johnson’s success is strengthened by their deep and diverse relationships and their investment in the development and engagement of a leadership pipeline. Since 1991, Spelman Johnson has helped hundreds of higher education institutions identify outstanding professionals, pairing exceptional leaders with positions across all facets of the academy. Spelman Johnson is nationally recognized for their thought leadership on issues of equity and diversity, and for their commitment to inclusion in higher education. For more information, visit our website.
  Stevens Strategy is a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities, and schools.  We offer professional services to the leaders of these institutions in the following areas: institutional vision and strategy, strategic organizational leadership, market and program analytics, finance and data analytics, and institution-wide policy manual development.  Our consultants have extensive experience serving colleges, universities and schools—including positions as present and former trustees, presidents, faculty, vice presidents, and other senior staff—each with a particular area of expertise in leadership and management.  Our clients include independent and public institutions from the largest universities to the smallest colleges and schools in America and throughout the world.  Visit our website for more information.
The Registry   The REGISTRY is the nation’s dominant firm in the interim executive space.  It is also the only membership-based interim placement firm, which provides a business model that preempts the need for expensive, time-consuming, and potentially disruptive open-market interim searches.  Over the last quarter-century, the REGISTRY has defined and institutionalized “best practices” for the engagement of interim executives.  Now with over 800 members, the REGISTRY is more prepared than ever to respond to the interim needs of colleges and universities by generating interim candidate pools for the entire spectrum of executive positions: presidents/chancellors, all cabinet positions, and deans.   But most importantly, the REGISTRY provides the very best interim talent, and its members continue to achieve the very best results for our college and university clients.  To learn more, visit our website.
Up&Up Agency logo   Up&Up is a higher education branding and marketing agency. Through strategy, creativity, and innovation, we partner with colleges and universities to find their authentic stories and tell them in clear and compelling ways. Our core service offerings include brand platform development, marketing campaign strategy, and digital experience execution.  To learn more, visit our website
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VALIC, an AIG company, has specialized in retirement services for more than 60 years, and has been helping America’s educators plan for and achieve the retirement they envision. VALIC has an unwavering commitment to you and your employees.  Experience the difference we bring to your plan, including: Powerful technology paired with trusted advisors; Smart use of data analytics to enhance plan health; and A more personal experience. Envision more when it comes to planning for your future.  Visit our website for more information.