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NAICU Statement on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Proposal on Student Debt and Free Public College

NAICU Statement on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Proposal on Student Debt...

April 22, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today announced a proposal to cancel most existing student loan debt and make tuition and fees at two- and four-year public colleges free.  To pay for the plan, estimated to cost $1.25 trillion over 10 years, Sen. Warren proposed a 2 percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the U.S. who have at least $50 million in net worth. NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. released the following statement regarding Sen. Warren’s plan: 

“Of course I would have deep concerns for its effect on private colleges—but it could also hurt public colleges.  In New England, for example, those institutions rely on out of state students. These out of state students would instead be encouraged to stay in their home state and go for free. But I also worry for low-income families because this directs enormous federal resources that could be put into need-based student aid into a specific set of colleges potentially limiting a low-income student’s choice of college. I think we should direct as much federal aid as possible to students who need it. Then those students could afford to go to the college where they decide they fit in best, whether that is a community college, a small private or a large public.”
 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today announced a proposal to cancel most existing student loan debt and make tuition and fees at two- and four-year public colleges free.  To pay for the plan, estimated to cost $1.25 trillion over 10 years, Sen. Warren proposed a 2 percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the U.S. who have at least $50 million in net worth. NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. released the following statement regarding Sen. Warren’s plan: 

“Of course I would have deep concerns for its effect on private colleges—but it could also hurt public colleges.  In New England, for example, those institutions rely on out of state students. These out of state students would instead be encouraged to stay in their home state and go for free. But I also worry for low-income families because this directs enormous federal resources that could be put into need-based student aid into a specific set of colleges potentially limiting a low-income student’s choice of college. I think we should direct as much federal aid as possible to students who need it. Then those students could afford to go to the college where they decide they fit in best, whether that is a community college, a small private or a large public.”
 

April 22, 2019

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AICUP Honors David L. Warren, Ph.D. for Distinguished Achievement

AICUP Honors David L. Warren, Ph.D. for Distinguished Achievement

April 11, 2019

  Warren, Mistick and Foley
  David L. Warren, Ph.D. (left), accepted the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement from AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M., and President Thomas Foley, J.D.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUPs) presented NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. with its Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement during the state association's 59th Annual Meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers, April 1, 2019.

“David Warren is one of the premier higher education analysts in the world," said Thomas Foley, J.D., president of AICUP.  "During his 25-year career as head of one of the largest education consortiums in the country, he has helped move the bar on affordability, transparency and access for hundreds of thousands of students literally from sea to shining sea.” 

Warren was selected to receive the award for his work representing private higher education both within Pennsylvania as well as on a national level. He has announced his retirement this summer after nearly 26 years as NAICU president.

Presenting the award to Warren were AICUP President Foley and Wilson College President and AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M.  Mistick has been appointed as the next president of NAICU effective September 1, 2019.
  Warren, Mistick and Foley
  David L. Warren, Ph.D. (left), accepted the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement from AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M., and President Thomas Foley, J.D.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUPs) presented NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. with its Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement during the state association's 59th Annual Meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers, April 1, 2019.

“David Warren is one of the premier higher education analysts in the world," said Thomas Foley, J.D., president of AICUP.  "During his 25-year career as head of one of the largest education consortiums in the country, he has helped move the bar on affordability, transparency and access for hundreds of thousands of students literally from sea to shining sea.” 

Warren was selected to receive the award for his work representing private higher education both within Pennsylvania as well as on a national level. He has announced his retirement this summer after nearly 26 years as NAICU president.

Presenting the award to Warren were AICUP President Foley and Wilson College President and AICUP Board Chair Barbara Mistick, D.M.  Mistick has been appointed as the next president of NAICU effective September 1, 2019.

April 11, 2019

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Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., Appointed President of NAICU

Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., Appointed President of NAICU

April 01, 2019

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NAICU) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., as the fourth president of the Association.  Mistick, president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, will begin her tenure at NAICU on September 1, 2019, replacing David L. Warren, Ph.D, who is retiring after serving nearly 26 years as head of the Association.

“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,” said Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College (NC), chair of the NAICU Board of Directors, and co-chair of the presidential search committee.  “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.” 

Mistick (link to full bio) became Wilson College’s 19th President in 2011.  She is the architect of the Wilson Today plan, which, under her vision and leadership, refocused the College’s growth strategy. Wilson Today is 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.

“During my time at Wilson College, I have come to believe that the success of independent higher education today is tied to our ability to serve our world through partnerships and coalitions committed to preserving access and choice for all our students and their families,” said Mistick.  “Education is the American dream.  Access to that dream for all who seek it is critical.  When we make students advocates for affordability and lift up their success we strengthen the educational opportunity for every student.”

Value and affordability, as well as the overall student experience, have been the cornerstones of Mistick’s tenure at Wilson. She has overseen a transformation of Wilson’s 300-acre campus, part of an extensive campus enhancement plan. Other achievements include the addition of several degree programs in health sciences and animal studies and new graduate programs in accountancy, education, fine arts, nursing and healthcare management. Additionally, the college now honors 10 formal dual enrollment agreements with area high schools, making it easier for 11th and 12th grade students to enroll and earn college credit.

Prior to her appointment at Wilson, 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 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 also 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.

“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,” said Tom Foley, AICUP president.  “I am confident she will bring the same focus, strategic thinking, and energy to Washington that she showed here in Pennsylvania.”

“Throughout her career, Barbara has sought to create impact and make a difference by finding bold new comprehensive and integrated approaches to building communities to support change and educational access,” said Allen. “This blend of experience, coalition-building, and innovative thinking is just the right mix to lead NAICU at this time.”

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 holds 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). 
 
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NAICU) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., as the fourth president of the Association.  Mistick, president of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, will begin her tenure at NAICU on September 1, 2019, replacing David L. Warren, Ph.D, who is retiring after serving nearly 26 years as head of the Association.

“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,” said Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College (NC), chair of the NAICU Board of Directors, and co-chair of the presidential search committee.  “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.” 

Mistick (link to full bio) became Wilson College’s 19th President in 2011.  She is the architect of the Wilson Today plan, which, under her vision and leadership, refocused the College’s growth strategy. Wilson Today is 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.

“During my time at Wilson College, I have come to believe that the success of independent higher education today is tied to our ability to serve our world through partnerships and coalitions committed to preserving access and choice for all our students and their families,” said Mistick.  “Education is the American dream.  Access to that dream for all who seek it is critical.  When we make students advocates for affordability and lift up their success we strengthen the educational opportunity for every student.”

Value and affordability, as well as the overall student experience, have been the cornerstones of Mistick’s tenure at Wilson. She has overseen a transformation of Wilson’s 300-acre campus, part of an extensive campus enhancement plan. Other achievements include the addition of several degree programs in health sciences and animal studies and new graduate programs in accountancy, education, fine arts, nursing and healthcare management. Additionally, the college now honors 10 formal dual enrollment agreements with area high schools, making it easier for 11th and 12th grade students to enroll and earn college credit.

Prior to her appointment at Wilson, 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 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 also 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.

“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,” said Tom Foley, AICUP president.  “I am confident she will bring the same focus, strategic thinking, and energy to Washington that she showed here in Pennsylvania.”

“Throughout her career, Barbara has sought to create impact and make a difference by finding bold new comprehensive and integrated approaches to building communities to support change and educational access,” said Allen. “This blend of experience, coalition-building, and innovative thinking is just the right mix to lead NAICU at this time.”

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 holds 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). 
 

April 01, 2019

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Former Congressmen Capuano and Goodlatte Receive 2019 Award for Advocacy for Independent Higher Ed

Former Congressmen Capuano and Goodlatte Receive 2019 Award for Adv...

February 06, 2019

 
  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D., (left) presents 2019 Advocacy Award  to former Reps. Robert K. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) (center) with University of Lynchburg (VA) President Kenneth R. Garren, Ph.D. and AICUM President Richard J. Doherty (left).
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has presented former Congressmen Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) and Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA), founding co-chairs of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, with the Association’s 2019 Award for Advocacy for Independent Higher Education.

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent higher education. Whether in government, business, or philanthropy, the winner of this award has provided leadership, established resources, or enacted policy at the state or national level that recognized the role of independent colleges and universities in serving public purposes.

“Mike Capuano and Bob Goodlatte have long understood the important role private, nonprofit colleges and universities play in preparing students for a lifetime of success,”  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “Their support as members of the House of Representatives to increase federal student aid spending to help students and families has been immeasurable.  Leading the effort to establish the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus has gone a long way to help educate Members of Congress about the challenges and opportunities facing private colleges.”

Launched in February 2017, the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face. The Caucus serves as an informal group of members dedicated to addressing the issues related to private, nonprofit colleges and the students they serve, while educating other members on the issues facing independent colleges and universities. Establishing the Congressional Caucus fulfilled a longtime NAICU organizational goal.

Representatives Goodlatte and Capuano first joined forces in higher education policy to express bipartisan concern about a proposal from the Obama Administration to rate each college in the nation with a letter grade indicating their performance based upon a set of federally prescribed metrics. From those initial conversations, they discovered Goodlatte’s rural Virginia district and Capuano’s urban Massachusetts district had a common asset—a disproportionately high number of colleges whose contributions to the educational, cultural and economic life of their local communities were absolutely essential. Their efforts contributed to a marked change of course by the Department of Education and students were spared the confusion of a letter grade rating for colleges and universities.

Capuano retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving ten terms as a member of Congress representing Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Boston. He was a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to serving in Congress, Capuano was the Mayor of Somerville, MA (January 1990–99). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (NH) and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Capuano’s humor and down to earth demeanor helped earn him a distinguished reputation as a commonsense policymaker who has the ability to work across party lines to accomplish his goals.

Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District is home to 21 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling nearly 68,000 undergraduate students and more than 50,000 graduate students, and employing 37,500 people. Statewide, there are 76 four-year private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling 283,000 students and employing 110,000 faculty and staff. Massachusetts is the only state in the country that educates more students at private independent colleges than at public colleges.

Goodlatte retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving 13 terms as a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Staunton. He served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 2013–2018, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 2003–2007, and served on the House Education Committee for a number of years. Goodlatte is a graduate of Bates College (ME) and the Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA). Despite high turnover rates on Capitol Hill, Goodlatte’s office was well known for its deep comradery among staff, a reflection on his own personal leadership strengths. His reputation as a thoughtful policymaker paved the way for many working, bipartisan relationships, in addition to various positions of leadership within the Republican caucus.

Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District is the home to 12 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling more than 50,000 undergraduate students, and directly employing nearly 11,500 people. Statewide, there are 28 private colleges enrolling 130,000 students and employing 32,500 people.
 
 
  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D., (left) presents 2019 Advocacy Award  to former Reps. Robert K. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) (center) with University of Lynchburg (VA) President Kenneth R. Garren, Ph.D. and AICUM President Richard J. Doherty (left).
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has presented former Congressmen Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) and Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA), founding co-chairs of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, with the Association’s 2019 Award for Advocacy for Independent Higher Education.

The NAICU Advocacy Award was established to recognize individuals outside of academe who have championed the cause of independent higher education. Whether in government, business, or philanthropy, the winner of this award has provided leadership, established resources, or enacted policy at the state or national level that recognized the role of independent colleges and universities in serving public purposes.

“Mike Capuano and Bob Goodlatte have long understood the important role private, nonprofit colleges and universities play in preparing students for a lifetime of success,”  NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “Their support as members of the House of Representatives to increase federal student aid spending to help students and families has been immeasurable.  Leading the effort to establish the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus has gone a long way to help educate Members of Congress about the challenges and opportunities facing private colleges.”

Launched in February 2017, the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus offers Members of Congress an opportunity to both celebrate and advance the diversity of the nation’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and learn about the challenges and issues these institutions face. The Caucus serves as an informal group of members dedicated to addressing the issues related to private, nonprofit colleges and the students they serve, while educating other members on the issues facing independent colleges and universities. Establishing the Congressional Caucus fulfilled a longtime NAICU organizational goal.

Representatives Goodlatte and Capuano first joined forces in higher education policy to express bipartisan concern about a proposal from the Obama Administration to rate each college in the nation with a letter grade indicating their performance based upon a set of federally prescribed metrics. From those initial conversations, they discovered Goodlatte’s rural Virginia district and Capuano’s urban Massachusetts district had a common asset—a disproportionately high number of colleges whose contributions to the educational, cultural and economic life of their local communities were absolutely essential. Their efforts contributed to a marked change of course by the Department of Education and students were spared the confusion of a letter grade rating for colleges and universities.

Capuano retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving ten terms as a member of Congress representing Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Boston. He was a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to serving in Congress, Capuano was the Mayor of Somerville, MA (January 1990–99). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (NH) and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Capuano’s humor and down to earth demeanor helped earn him a distinguished reputation as a commonsense policymaker who has the ability to work across party lines to accomplish his goals.

Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District is home to 21 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling nearly 68,000 undergraduate students and more than 50,000 graduate students, and employing 37,500 people. Statewide, there are 76 four-year private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling 283,000 students and employing 110,000 faculty and staff. Massachusetts is the only state in the country that educates more students at private independent colleges than at public colleges.

Goodlatte retired from Congress in December 2018, after serving 13 terms as a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, which includes Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and Staunton. He served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 2013–2018, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 2003–2007, and served on the House Education Committee for a number of years. Goodlatte is a graduate of Bates College (ME) and the Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA). Despite high turnover rates on Capitol Hill, Goodlatte’s office was well known for its deep comradery among staff, a reflection on his own personal leadership strengths. His reputation as a thoughtful policymaker paved the way for many working, bipartisan relationships, in addition to various positions of leadership within the Republican caucus.

Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District is the home to 12 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, enrolling more than 50,000 undergraduate students, and directly employing nearly 11,500 people. Statewide, there are 28 private colleges enrolling 130,000 students and employing 32,500 people.
 

February 06, 2019

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Meredith College President Jo Allen Elected Chair of the NAICU Board of Directors

Meredith College President Jo Allen Elected Chair of the NAICU Boar...

February 06, 2019

Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College (NC), has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).  Allen leads a list of four new board officers and 14 new board members who took office at the close of the 2019 NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day held in Washington, DC.
 
NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy, actively encourage support for the association’s priorities and initiatives, and oversee the organization’s financial administration.  Board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms.
 
Allen succeeds Andrew K. Benton, president and CEO of Pepperdine University (CA) who remains on the board as immediate past chair.
 
“Jo Allen brings a deep commitment to higher education and a keen understanding of the political environment in Washington to the role of NAICU board chair,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “As president at Meredith College, she has led efforts to recruit students with dramatically improved board scores, sustained enrollment, and enhanced campus services and facilities.  Widely regarded as a leader in higher education, she will bring significant experience to the role of NAICU board chair.”
 
“This is a period of transition for private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and the NAICU organization,” said Allen.  “New political forces in Washington, changing demographics among college students, and new leadership at NAICU will make 2019-20 a year of significant challenges and opportunity.  I look forward to working with a strong board and the NAICU team to achieve our organizational goals.”
 
With more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and associations as members, NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education and reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  Member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, art and design colleges,traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

Allen Background

Jo Allen took office as the eighth president of Meredith College on July 1, 2011. She is the first Meredith College alumna to assume leadership of the 127-year-old institution, one of the largest private colleges for women in the United States.

Since taking office, Allen has guided Meredith to an enviable position of strength and vitality by leading a collaborative, community-wide process to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, Meredith Forever.  In the intervening seven years, Meredith has exceeded enrollment and retention goals, completed critical improvements to campus facilities, and raised more than $90 million during Beyond Strong, its largest fundraising campaign ever.  The college also established StrongPoints®, the College’s signature coaching and personal advising program, and created a personal and professional development program for women called Stronger U. The college also has earned the highest rating from the U.S. Department of Education for financial stability and launched the Going Strong brand initiative.

Allen previously served as senior vice president and provost, and tenured professor of English, at Widener University, in Chester, Pa. There she oversaw academic and student affairs on four campuses in two states for approximately 6,500 students and more than 700 full- and part-time faculty. She also has served as tenured associate professor of English at East Carolina University and tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University.

Allen has made numerous contributions to the advancement of higher education. She has been the featured speaker and facilitator at programs including the American Council on Education Chief Academic Officer’s Institute and the Pennsylvania State University's Academic Leadership Academy. She has also served as president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, the largest international scholarly organization for technical and professional communication scholars. She was a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, for whom she also led training workshops on assessment and led site visits for regional and international institutions’ accreditation.  Allen also served as a board member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges and for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Allen has published and presented in more than 200 regional, national, and international scholarly venues, focusing on communication, assessment, and leadership in higher education. She is the author or editor of Writing in the Workplace and Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication, which won the Council of Program’s in Technical and Scientific Communication’s 2010 award for best contribution to the work of program assessment and the College Composition and Communication’s 2012 award.

A North Carolina native, Allen earned a master’s degree from East Carolina University and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University in English literature, with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Communication. Her B.A. from Meredith is also in English.  She has been recognized by Meredith College as a Distinguished Alumna and by East Carolina University as an Outstanding Woman of ECU.

Currently, she serves as the treasurer of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), and as a member of  the Presidents’ Council of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges and on the Presidents' Council of USA South, Meredith's athletic conference.

Other New Board Officers

Three other individuals were elected as Board officers, serving one-year terms expiring in February 2020:
  • Roger N. Casey, Ph.D., president of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, will serve as vice chair of the board.  He is in line to assume the position of board chair in February 2020.
  • Lewis E. Thayne, Ph.D., president of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, has been named treasurer.
  • Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D., president of Warner Pacific University in Portland, OR, has been named secretary.
New NAICU Board Members
Eight individuals were elected to three-year terms ending in February 2022, representing the Association’s eight national regions:
  • Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., president of Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, will represent Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
  • Carolyn J. Stefanco, Ph.D., president of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, will represent Region II (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York).
  • Lillian B. Schumacher, Ed.D., president of Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH, will represent Region III (Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia)
  • Stephen R. Briggs, Ph.D., president of Berry College in Mount Berry, GA, will represent Region IV (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Caroline, Virginia).
  • Sherilyn R. Emberton, Ed.D., president of Huntington University in Huntington, IN, will represent Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin).
  • Eric Bruntmyer, president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX, will represent Region VI (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas).
  • Darrel D. Colson, Ph.D., president of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, will represent Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).
  • Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., president of Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, will represent Region VIII (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).
In addition, Ronald Crutcher, president of the University of Richmond (VA) will serve a one-year term created by the resignation of Robert Johnson, president of Becker College (MA).

Four additional individuals were named to three-year terms as at-large board members with terms ending in 2022:
  • Colette P. Burnette, Ed.D., president of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX.
  • Christopher W. Kimball, Ph.D., president of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Eric F. Spina, Ph.D., president of University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.
  • Helen J. Streubert, Ed.D., president of College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.
In addition, David W. Tretter. president of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities in Springfield, IL has been elected chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives and will complete a three-year term on the NAICU Board.  Susanna Baxter, president of the Georgia Independent College Association in Atlanta, GA, was elected vice president and chair-elect of NAICUSE and will serve a three-year term on the NAICU Board.

David S. O’Bryon, president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (MD) and incoming chair of the NAICU Secretariat will serve a three-year term on the NAICU Board.

And finally, Steve Heuer, assistant vice president, government affairs at New York University, has been appointed to a three-year term as an ad-hoc, non-voting member representing government relations professionals.

At the same time, four board members have been appointed as chairs of the association’s standing committees on policy and programs:
  • Scott Flanagan, Ed.D., president of Edgewood College in Madison, WI, will chair the Accountability Committee.
  • David R. Evans, Ph.D., president of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT, will chair the Policy Analysis and Public Relations Committee.
  • Rev. J. Cameron West, Th.M., president of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, will chair the Student Aid Committee
  • Shirley Mullen, Ph.D., president of Houghton College in Houghton, NY, will chair the Tax Policy Committee.
Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College (NC), has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).  Allen leads a list of four new board officers and 14 new board members who took office at the close of the 2019 NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day held in Washington, DC.
 
NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy, actively encourage support for the association’s priorities and initiatives, and oversee the organization’s financial administration.  Board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms.
 
Allen succeeds Andrew K. Benton, president and CEO of Pepperdine University (CA) who remains on the board as immediate past chair.
 
“Jo Allen brings a deep commitment to higher education and a keen understanding of the political environment in Washington to the role of NAICU board chair,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “As president at Meredith College, she has led efforts to recruit students with dramatically improved board scores, sustained enrollment, and enhanced campus services and facilities.  Widely regarded as a leader in higher education, she will bring significant experience to the role of NAICU board chair.”
 
“This is a period of transition for private, nonprofit colleges and universities, and the NAICU organization,” said Allen.  “New political forces in Washington, changing demographics among college students, and new leadership at NAICU will make 2019-20 a year of significant challenges and opportunity.  I look forward to working with a strong board and the NAICU team to achieve our organizational goals.”
 
With more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and associations as members, NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education and reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  Member institutions include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, art and design colleges,traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.

Allen Background

Jo Allen took office as the eighth president of Meredith College on July 1, 2011. She is the first Meredith College alumna to assume leadership of the 127-year-old institution, one of the largest private colleges for women in the United States.

Since taking office, Allen has guided Meredith to an enviable position of strength and vitality by leading a collaborative, community-wide process to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, Meredith Forever.  In the intervening seven years, Meredith has exceeded enrollment and retention goals, completed critical improvements to campus facilities, and raised more than $90 million during Beyond Strong, its largest fundraising campaign ever.  The college also established StrongPoints®, the College’s signature coaching and personal advising program, and created a personal and professional development program for women called Stronger U. The college also has earned the highest rating from the U.S. Department of Education for financial stability and launched the Going Strong brand initiative.

Allen previously served as senior vice president and provost, and tenured professor of English, at Widener University, in Chester, Pa. There she oversaw academic and student affairs on four campuses in two states for approximately 6,500 students and more than 700 full- and part-time faculty. She also has served as tenured associate professor of English at East Carolina University and tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University.

Allen has made numerous contributions to the advancement of higher education. She has been the featured speaker and facilitator at programs including the American Council on Education Chief Academic Officer’s Institute and the Pennsylvania State University's Academic Leadership Academy. She has also served as president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, the largest international scholarly organization for technical and professional communication scholars. She was a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, for whom she also led training workshops on assessment and led site visits for regional and international institutions’ accreditation.  Allen also served as a board member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges and for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Allen has published and presented in more than 200 regional, national, and international scholarly venues, focusing on communication, assessment, and leadership in higher education. She is the author or editor of Writing in the Workplace and Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication, which won the Council of Program’s in Technical and Scientific Communication’s 2010 award for best contribution to the work of program assessment and the College Composition and Communication’s 2012 award.

A North Carolina native, Allen earned a master’s degree from East Carolina University and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University in English literature, with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Communication. Her B.A. from Meredith is also in English.  She has been recognized by Meredith College as a Distinguished Alumna and by East Carolina University as an Outstanding Woman of ECU.

Currently, she serves as the treasurer of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), and as a member of  the Presidents’ Council of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges and on the Presidents' Council of USA South, Meredith's athletic conference.

Other New Board Officers

Three other individuals were elected as Board officers, serving one-year terms expiring in February 2020:
  • Roger N. Casey, Ph.D., president of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, will serve as vice chair of the board.  He is in line to assume the position of board chair in February 2020.
  • Lewis E. Thayne, Ph.D., president of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, has been named treasurer.
  • Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D., president of Warner Pacific University in Portland, OR, has been named secretary.
New NAICU Board Members
Eight individuals were elected to three-year terms ending in February 2022, representing the Association’s eight national regions:
  • Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., president of Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, will represent Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
  • Carolyn J. Stefanco, Ph.D., president of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, will represent Region II (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York).
  • Lillian B. Schumacher, Ed.D., president of Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH, will represent Region III (Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia)
  • Stephen R. Briggs, Ph.D., president of Berry College in Mount Berry, GA, will represent Region IV (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Caroline, Virginia).
  • Sherilyn R. Emberton, Ed.D., president of Huntington University in Huntington, IN, will represent Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin).
  • Eric Bruntmyer, president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX, will represent Region VI (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas).
  • Darrel D. Colson, Ph.D., president of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, will represent Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).
  • Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., president of Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, will represent Region VIII (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).
In addition, Ronald Crutcher, president of the University of Richmond (VA) will serve a one-year term created by the resignation of Robert Johnson, president of Becker College (MA).

Four additional individuals were named to three-year terms as at-large board members with terms ending in 2022:
  • Colette P. Burnette, Ed.D., president of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX.
  • Christopher W. Kimball, Ph.D., president of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Eric F. Spina, Ph.D., president of University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.
  • Helen J. Streubert, Ed.D., president of College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.
In addition, David W. Tretter. president of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities in Springfield, IL has been elected chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives and will complete a three-year term on the NAICU Board.  Susanna Baxter, president of the Georgia Independent College Association in Atlanta, GA, was elected vice president and chair-elect of NAICUSE and will serve a three-year term on the NAICU Board.

David S. O’Bryon, president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (MD) and incoming chair of the NAICU Secretariat will serve a three-year term on the NAICU Board.

And finally, Steve Heuer, assistant vice president, government affairs at New York University, has been appointed to a three-year term as an ad-hoc, non-voting member representing government relations professionals.

At the same time, four board members have been appointed as chairs of the association’s standing committees on policy and programs:
  • Scott Flanagan, Ed.D., president of Edgewood College in Madison, WI, will chair the Accountability Committee.
  • David R. Evans, Ph.D., president of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT, will chair the Policy Analysis and Public Relations Committee.
  • Rev. J. Cameron West, Th.M., president of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, will chair the Student Aid Committee
  • Shirley Mullen, Ph.D., president of Houghton College in Houghton, NY, will chair the Tax Policy Committee.

February 06, 2019

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