New Officers, Members Named to NAICU Board

February 03, 2011

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February 3, 2011     

NAICU Membership Elects 2011-12 Board of Directors
Edgewood College President, Dan Carey, Elected as Board Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3 - The members of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) have selected 8 new board directors and four new board officers for 2011-12.  Members of NAICU's board of directors set the association's agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association's financial administration. Members typically serve three-year terms.

"NAICU's new board members and officers were selected by their peers because of their expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America's college students," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "They assume their responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.

"The economic downturn, growing student financial need, and the push for greater accountability are among the dynamics affecting higher education," Warren said.

New NAICU Board Officers     

Dr. Dan Carey, president, Edgewood College, in Madison, Wis., has been elected chair of the NAICU board of directors. His one-year term as chair of NAICU's board was ratified February 3 by member college and university presidents at the 2011 NAICU Annual Meeting. Vice chair of the board in 2009-10, Carey succeeds Dr. John E. Bassett, president of Heritage University, who remains on the board as past chair. 

Carey has been president of Edgewood since August 2004, and served as president at Benedictine College in Kansas. from 1995 - 2004. He received his Ph.D. in college student personnel administration and M.S. in psychology, counseling, and guidance from the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated from Benedictine College with a B.A. in English.

Dr. Nathan O. Hatch, president of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC., will serve as vice chair on the NAICU board of directors. Hatch became president of Wake Forest University in July 2005 after serving as Provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Wheaton College and his masters and doctoral degrees from Washington University in Saint Louis. 

Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, president of Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been named secretary

Dr. Mary Meehan, president of Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis., has been named treasurer.

Eight new members were elected to three-year terms on the NAICU board, representing the association's national regions:

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice President, Saint Anselm College
Region I (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.)

Dr. Kevin Manning, President, Stevenson University
Region II (Del., D.C., Md., N.J., N.Y.)

Dr. Joseph Gilmour, President, Wilkes University
Region III (Ky., Ohio, Pa., W.Va.)

Kent Chabotar, President, Guilford College
Region IV (Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C., Va.)

Rev. Dr. David Joyce, President, Ripon College
Region V (Ill., Ind., Mich., Wis.)

Dr. Lee Royce, President, Mississippi College
Region VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Okla., Tenn., Texas)

Dr. Larry Goodwin, President, College college of St. Scholastica
Region VII (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., S.D.)

Dr. Robin Baker, President, George Fox University
Region VIII (Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Hawaii, Idaho, Mont., N.M., Nev., Ore., Utah, Wash., Wyo.)

Four presidents have been named to three-year terms as at-large members of the board:

Dr. Andrew Benton, President, Pepperdine University
Dr. Robert Coombe, Chancellor, University of Denver
Dr. Elizabeth Fleming, President, Converse College
Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons, President, Shenandoah University

An ad-hoc, non-voting government relations person will serve a three-year term, also beginning in February on the NAICU Board of Directors:

             Ms. Joyce Rechtschaffen, Director of Government Affairs, Princeton University.

A voting NAICUSE member will serve a three-year term, also beginning in February on the NAICU Board of Directors:

             Mr. Todd Jones, President/General Councel, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education, serving as the unified voice of more than 1,000 independent college and university presidents, and specialized, state, and regional association executives.  NAICU member institutions enroll nine out of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States.