NAICU Names Elizabeth Gemoets Vice President and COO

September 21, 2021

NAICU today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Gemoets as vice president and chief operating officer.  Gemoets, who is currently the chief operating officer at the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) in Washington, DC, will begin her tenure on November 15. 
At AAHC, whose membership is comprised of universities providing health professions education, biomedical research and healthcare delivery, Gemoets is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the organization, which works with its members on issues related to academic health thought leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, meetings, publications, and research analytics.  Gemoets, who has 25 years of association management experience, also serves as Secretary/Treasurer for AAHC with fiduciary and corporate governance oversight and over the past decade has helped AAHC become a global organization.
Prior to her work at AAHC, Gemoets served for ten years at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), most recently as the vice president for operations, and worked on Capitol Hill as the director of meetings and communications at the National Council of State Housing Agencies.
“Elizabeth brings a deep understanding of nonprofit association management and leadership to NAICU,” said NAICU President Barbara Mistick, D.M.  “Additionally, her tenure at CIC provided important exposure to both the issues facing private, nonprofit higher education and, more importantly, the diversity of NAICU’s mission-based membership.  We are excited to welcome Elizabeth to our team.  I know she will play a pivotal role in ensuring that we continue to effectively and efficiently serve our members and their students.”
Gemoets, in this newly-created position of VP/COO, will oversee NAICU’s research, human resources and finance, meetings and events, membership, and IT functions.
“The opportunity to engage in more focused work with private colleges and universities at such an important time in our country is deeply appealing,” said Gemoets.  “Private, nonprofit higher education represents not only my personal background, but also a significant portion of my professional career.  I am looking forward to bringing my higher education experience and association management expertise to NAICU to help the association best serve its membership.”
Gemoets obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music and Business from Skidmore College and did graduate work in nonprofit management at American University.
NAICU was assisted in its search to identify a diverse mix of qualified candidates for the VP/COO position by Academic Search.
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The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified voice for the 1,700 private, nonprofit colleges and universities in our nation. Founded in 1976, NAICU is the only national membership organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, DC. NAICU’s membership reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the U.S. Our member institutions include major research universities, faith-based colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority-Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities, art and design colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, work colleges, two-year colleges and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business and other professions. Each year, private, nonprofit colleges and universities graduate more than 1.1 million students.

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