NAICU Welcomes New Officers, Members to Board of Directors

February 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., — The members of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) have selected four new board officers and 15 new board directors.  They assumed their new responsibilities on Feb. 6 at the NAICU 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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 serve three-year terms.  Officers hold their positions for one year.

“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.”

New NAICU Board Officers 

Dr. Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., has been elected chair of the NAICU board of directors for 2013-14.  Wilson-Oyelaran has served as president of Kalamazoo College since 2005.  She earned her B.A. in sociology from Pomona College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the Claremont Graduate University.  Vice chair of the NAICU board in 2012-13, Wilson-Oyelaran succeeds Dr. Nathan O. Hatch, president of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., who remains on the board as immediate past chair

Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons, president of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., will serve as vice chair of the NAICU board of directors.  She will assume the position of chair next year.

Dr. Kevin J. Manning, president of Stevenson University in Stevenson, Md., has been named treasurer.

Dr. Lee G. Royce, president of Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., has been named secretary.

New NAICU Board Members    

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

Dr. Susan W. Engelkemeyer, President, Nichols College, Dudley, Mass..
Region I (Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.)

Dr. Charles L. Flynn, Jr., President, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, N.Y.
Region II (Del., D.C., Md., N.J., N.Y.)

Dr. Thomas V. Chema, President, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio
Region III (Ky., Ohio, Pa., W.Va.)

Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, President, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va..
Region IV (Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C., Va.)

Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking, President, Adrian College, Adrian, Mich.
Region V (Ill., Ind., Mich., Wis.)

Judge Ken Starr, President, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Region VI (Ala., Ark., La., Miss., Okla., Tenn., Texas)

Mr. Kent Henning, President, Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa.
Region VII (Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., S.D.)

Dr. Ronald R. Thomas, President, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash..
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:

Ms. Lori Bettison-Varga, President, Scripps College, Claremont, Calif.
Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, President, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Mich.
Dr. Marjorie Hass, President, Austin College, Sherman, Texas
Dr. David Maxwell, President, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

A voting member of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives will serve a three-year term:

Mr. Paul Hankins, President, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Montgomery, Ala.

A voting member of the NAICU Secretariat will service a three-year term:

Dr. Paul Chewning, President, Appalachian College Association, Berea, Ky.

An ad-hoc, non-voting government relations person will also serve a three-year term:

Ms. Marisa Quinn, Vice President, Public Affairs & University Relations, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private, nonprofit institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.


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