February 2-5, 2020
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

NAICU thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 
2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day:

Academic Search
Asset Strategy Consultants BoardEffect
Carter Baldwin logo Dutcher LLC logo
Easton Hudson Inc. Hyatt Fennell Logo
Interfolio logo Johnson Controls logo
Lawlor logo LIASON logo Mason Jay Blacher Assoc.
McAllister & Quinn Logo National Management Resources logo Noelker and Hull
Pioneer Caterers RNL logo
Segal logo Stifel The Registry
100 Yaffe & Co logo  


Academic Search   Academic Search has offered executive search services exclusively to higher education institutions for over 43 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.
  AGB Consulting leverages unparalleled knowledge of current and emerging trends in higher education to:
  • Advise on critical decisions that foster partnerships, growth, and successful implementation
  • Respond to urgent governance crises and a variety of immediate challenges
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Devise innovative financial strategies and development projects
  • Improve institutional and system governance and institution/foundation relations
  • Build stronger boards, leaders, and business models
 Our team comprises senior-level higher education veterans, board members, and subject matter experts backed by AGB staff and resources. For more information, visit our website.
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. 
Asset Strategy Consultants   Founded in 1991, Asset Strategy Consultants (ASC) is a privately held, independent investment management consulting firm.  We provide unbiased, customized consulting solutions to fiduciaries of endowments/foundations, retirement plans and insurance companies. To learn more, visit our website.
BoardEffect logo   BoardEffect strives to provide solutions and best practices that address the challenges that nonprofit organizations face with board governance. BoardEffect’s commitment to innovation puts you in control of an intuitive environment that improves efficiency, collaboration, communication, security and governance for your board. To learn more, visit our website.
  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, visit our website.
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Many search firms focus on being different. Since our inception, CarterBaldwin has just focused on being better. The thing we love about “better” is that it keeps us reaching … driving continuous performance gains for our clients. Find out why the world’s best and most admired organizations trust CarterBaldwin with their critical leadership needs. For more info, visit our website.

  Credo has partnered with independent college and university presidents, cabinets, and board members around the country for more than 25 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, 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.  To learn more, visit our website
Dutcher LLC logo   Dutcher LLC positions today's colleges and universities for tomorrow's success. Our senior-level consultants have on the ground experience as higher education executives. We work with our clients as a team of trusted advisors to help you assess issues and opportunities intelligently and move forward strategically. Together we strive to find solutions to your institutional challenges that are both practical and holistic, helping you and your colleagues chart paths to financial sustainability. We share a belief in the power of people to achieve outstanding results even in difficult and volatile times, and we aim always to impart a sense of empowerment to the clients we serve. For more information, visit our website,
Eaton Huduson Inc. logo   Eaton Hudson provides financial support services for asset based lenders including those that service colleges and universities. We provide expert valuations of fixed assets for lending and collateral monitoring purposes. Our work and appraisals help colleges obtain financing on a go-forward basis. In the event that a college must make the tough decision to close, we have the ability to monetize and obtain the highest value recovery to generate maximum income for the institution rather than abandon or donate the assets. For more information, visit our websitehttps://eatonhudson.com/asset-disposition-2/
  Gray Associates, Inc. is a data analytics, software, and strategy consulting firm focused on higher education.  We help colleges and universities develop data-informed academic program
strategies that maximize outcomes for students, institutions, and their constituencies.  We have developed industry-leading databases on market demand for academic programs, a software
platform to calculate and track program economics, and a program planning tool to model the impact of academic program decisions on an institution’s future.  We combine our data on
program markets and economics with an institutional self-evaluation of mission and academic performance in an integrated approach to program assessment. Using this information, our collaborative workshop approach brings faculty and school leadership together to select the best programs to Stop, Start, Sustain, and Grow.  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.
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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 300 clients, Interfolio leads the market in innovative technology designed specifically to benefit both institutions and their faculty. For more information, visit our website.

Johnson Controls logo   Today’s students expect to learn and live in safe, healthy, comfortable, and sustainable environments. On campuses across the country, administrators face a seemingly overwhelming challenge: How to optimize campus environments, lower energy consumption, decrease operational costs, and reduce environmental impact, while at the same time attracting students and recruiting faculty? Johnson Controls, a leading provider of higher-education solutions, helps colleges and universities achieve these diverse goals by creating comfortable, quality learning environments that operate more intelligently and efficiently. To learn more, 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.
Lawlor logo  

As one of the nation’s preeminent higher education research and consulting firms focused on the art and science of marketing, we advise in the areas of leadership development, organizational change, institutional marketing, enrollment management, operational efficiency, and edupreneurial innovation. Lawlor Advisory helps colleges and universities, schools, and education associations understand today’s marketplace realities and make informed decisions about what’s next.  For more information, visit our website.

  LIASON logo   LIAISON helps higher education institutions identify, recruit, and enroll best-fit students with improved outreach, application, and enrollment processes. More than 4,500 programs rely on our admissions management and marketing automation software and services to reach prospective students, streamline administrative tasks, and create exceptional experiences for applicants across the full enrollment cycle—from first interest to first day on campus. For more information, visit our website.
Mason Jay Blacher Assoc.   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.
McAllister & Quinn Logo   McAllister & Quinn is a higher education consulting firm that specializes in working with small and mid-size colleges and universities to secure federal grant and foundation funding. The firm is regarded as one of the most effective federal grant and faculty development firms for small colleges and universities. The firm currently represents more than 75 institutions and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for scholarships, academic programs, research, and student support services. Visit our website to learn more.
  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.
Noelker and Hull   Noelker and Hull Associates is a full service architecture, master planning, and interior design firm providing award-winning design solutions to colleges and universities since 1957. Our experience includes a diverse portfolio of master planning, site planning, feasibility studies, programming and design, with particular expertise in student housing and dining facilities. Our designs complement the campus community and promote students’ quality of life. We execute projects across the United States from our offices in Chambersburg, PA; Frederick, MD; and Richmond, VA. Our firm is large enough to undertake any project, but small enough to have few layers of management. Each client works directly with our principals throughout a project. We pride ourselves on cultivating friendly and long term relationships. We listen, strive to understand our client’s needs and respond with appropriate design solutions.  To learn more, visit our website.
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PHRP Online Training provides web-based instruction on ethical principles and federal regulations for human subjects research that meets requirements for federal research funding. PHRP facilitates learning through case studies, interactive tasks, and downloadable reference summaries. The course is available in multiple languages and provides a certificate upon completion. The training is designed for individuals and for institutions with flexible group subscription options. To learn more, visit our website.

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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 47 campuses in 21 states nationwide for almost 50 years, we are committed to meeting the varied and increasingly sophisticated tastes of today’s students. We are large enough to offer experienced and innovative dining expertise and small enough to understand and embrace the mission and culture of your campus.  To learn more, contact Doug Brown at 913–302–0507 or dbrown@pcconline.com
RNL logo   For more than 40 years, colleges and nonprofit organizations have turned to Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) to enroll the students they want, help more students graduate and succeed, and build lifelong relationships with donors. Our mission is to make colleges, universities, and nonprofits successful and vibrant with inspired and relevant engagement with our team of experts. For more information about our services, visit our website.
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Segal 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.

Stifel   Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc, was established in 1890 and has
grown to become a full‐service retail and institutional brokerage and investment banking firm with more than 400 brokerage branches and 2,100 retail and institutional sales representatives. Stifel’s Municipal Securities Group includes one of the largest distribution platforms in the municipal securities industry with 197 fixed income sales professionals and more than 40 offices nationwide covering more than 8,500 accounts. 
For more information about our services, visit our website.
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.
Upswing Logo   Upswing works with colleges and universities to increase persistence among online and non-traditional students. More than half of non-traditional students who start college fail to graduate. Upswing's Virtual Assistant and Integrated Student Support platform combines automated nudging, collaboration tools, and an outsourced coaching network to help students achieve their dreams. Today Upswing supports over 700,000 students at over 70 colleges, including nearly 5 percent of all HSIs and 10 percent of all HBCUs. Check out more on Upswing in action here
Yaffe & Co logo   For 40 years, Yaffe & Company has been working with the Boards and Compensation Committees of non-profits regarding regulatory compliance, governance, and other critical board responsibilities. All of our services are performed on behalf of the Board and its leadership. Although we work closely and collaboratively with management, our accountability is to the Board. We do not provide other services to management or sell products needed to implement the programs we recommend. In this way, clients can be assured of the integrity of our advice. Yaffe & Company is a privately held firm, allowing our clients to be our number one priority. For more information, visit our website.