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NAICU President Co-chairs Visit to Israel by Presidents of Major U.S. Universities

NAICU President Co-chairs Visit to Israel by Presidents of Major U....

July 05, 2011

For Immediate Release (PDF)

Contacts:
Amit Katzir, Project Interchange
818-384-3954
katzira@projectinterchange.org

Roland King, NAICU
202-739-0475
roland@naicu.edu

NAICU President Co-chairs Visit to Israel
by Presidents of Major U.S. Universities
to Enhance Bilateral Academic Cooperation

Group to meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian
officials in week-long tour

(Jerusalem, Israel) - A group of university presidents from across the United States and the leader of a major U.S. higher education association are traveling throughout Israel, July 4-10, on an educational program sponsored by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee.

The week-long program was designed by Project Interchange in consultation with the participating higher education heads, and is being co-chaired by Barbara R. Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University, and David L. Warren, president, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. It will be conducted in an intensive seminar format, offering the group broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region.

Strong thematic emphasis will be given to higher education, and the delegation will meet with their executive counterparts at such institutions as Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Al Quds University, and Al-Qasemi College. They will receive in-depth briefings on state-of-the-art research initiatives being undertaken and will discuss opportunities for academic exchange and research collaborations at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. 

The delegation also is to meet with senior government officials, including Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. 

In order to enhance academic ties with Israel among a wide cross-section of U.S. campuses, Project Interchange reached out to leaders of a diverse set of academic institutions, including large and small, public and private, liberal arts, and "up-and-coming" universities.  

The 17-member delegation includes:

J. Timothy Cloyd, President, Hendrix College
John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University
Jeffrey Herbst, President, Colgate University
George E. Martin, President, St. Edward's University
Beheruz N. Sethna, President, University of West Georgia 
Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University 
Holden Thorp, Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Warren, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Henry Yang, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara

The group also will participate in briefings by Israeli and Palestinian experts on a host of political and societal matters, including Israel's diverse makeup and efforts toward interfaith co-existence. Justice Aharon Barak, former President of Israel's Supreme Court, and Daniel Reisner, former Head of the International Law Department of the Israel Defense Forces, will lead discussions on various legal topics, including human rights and international law.

Sam Witkin, executive director of Project Interchange, said, "We are tremendously pleased to host this exceptional delegation of university leaders for their first of hopefully many trips to Israel. The world-class research and educational facilities at Israeli universities and colleges, a number of which will be visited during the program, provide a fitting setting for great minds to share information, discuss research partnerships, and explore opportunities for mutually-beneficial collaboration."

Recent Project Interchange delegations have included French and German political leaders, Chinese and Indian-American Academic leaders, Latina students, college newspaper editors, counter-terrorism experts from Europe and the United States, and journalists from across the world, with an upcoming seminar for leading figures of India's film industry, or "Bollywood."

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About Project Interchange:
Project Interchange, a non-profit institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee), develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Founded in 1982, Project Interchange has brought over 5,000 influential figures to Israel from more than 60 countries, offering them broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region. http://www.projectinterchange.org/

About the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities:
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education.  Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.  With over 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  NAICU member institutions include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, and two-year colleges. http://www.naicu.edu/

 

For Immediate Release (PDF)

Contacts:
Amit Katzir, Project Interchange
818-384-3954
katzira@projectinterchange.org

Roland King, NAICU
202-739-0475
roland@naicu.edu

NAICU President Co-chairs Visit to Israel
by Presidents of Major U.S. Universities
to Enhance Bilateral Academic Cooperation

Group to meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian
officials in week-long tour

(Jerusalem, Israel) - A group of university presidents from across the United States and the leader of a major U.S. higher education association are traveling throughout Israel, July 4-10, on an educational program sponsored by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee.

The week-long program was designed by Project Interchange in consultation with the participating higher education heads, and is being co-chaired by Barbara R. Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University, and David L. Warren, president, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. It will be conducted in an intensive seminar format, offering the group broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region.

Strong thematic emphasis will be given to higher education, and the delegation will meet with their executive counterparts at such institutions as Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Al Quds University, and Al-Qasemi College. They will receive in-depth briefings on state-of-the-art research initiatives being undertaken and will discuss opportunities for academic exchange and research collaborations at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. 

The delegation also is to meet with senior government officials, including Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. 

In order to enhance academic ties with Israel among a wide cross-section of U.S. campuses, Project Interchange reached out to leaders of a diverse set of academic institutions, including large and small, public and private, liberal arts, and "up-and-coming" universities.  

The 17-member delegation includes:

J. Timothy Cloyd, President, Hendrix College
John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University
Jeffrey Herbst, President, Colgate University
George E. Martin, President, St. Edward's University
Beheruz N. Sethna, President, University of West Georgia 
Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University 
Holden Thorp, Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Warren, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Henry Yang, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara

The group also will participate in briefings by Israeli and Palestinian experts on a host of political and societal matters, including Israel's diverse makeup and efforts toward interfaith co-existence. Justice Aharon Barak, former President of Israel's Supreme Court, and Daniel Reisner, former Head of the International Law Department of the Israel Defense Forces, will lead discussions on various legal topics, including human rights and international law.

Sam Witkin, executive director of Project Interchange, said, "We are tremendously pleased to host this exceptional delegation of university leaders for their first of hopefully many trips to Israel. The world-class research and educational facilities at Israeli universities and colleges, a number of which will be visited during the program, provide a fitting setting for great minds to share information, discuss research partnerships, and explore opportunities for mutually-beneficial collaboration."

Recent Project Interchange delegations have included French and German political leaders, Chinese and Indian-American Academic leaders, Latina students, college newspaper editors, counter-terrorism experts from Europe and the United States, and journalists from across the world, with an upcoming seminar for leading figures of India's film industry, or "Bollywood."

# # #

About Project Interchange:
Project Interchange, a non-profit institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee), develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Founded in 1982, Project Interchange has brought over 5,000 influential figures to Israel from more than 60 countries, offering them broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region. http://www.projectinterchange.org/

About the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities:
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education.  Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.  With over 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.  NAICU member institutions include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, and two-year colleges. http://www.naicu.edu/

 

July 05, 2011

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Private College Tuition Increases 4.6 Percent for 2011-12; Institutional Student Aid Up 7 Percent

Private College Tuition Increases 4.6 Percent for 2011-12; Institut...

June 23, 2011

Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities are increasing an average of 4.6 percent for the 2011-12 academic year, while institutional student aid is growing by an average of 7 percent, according to a survey of member institutions conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities are increasing an average of 4.6 percent for the 2011-12 academic year, while institutional student aid is growing by an average of 7 percent, according to a survey of member institutions conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

June 23, 2011

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Analysis Shows Students' Use of Federal Student Aid by State and Congressional District

Analysis Shows Students' Use of Federal Student Aid by State and Co...

February 17, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
Office: (202) 739-0474 | Cell: (202) 288-9333

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) - With the U.S. House of Representatives set to vote tonight on a budget proposal (H.R. 1) that will cut funding for Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and other federal student aid, a new analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) quantifies the reliance on federal aid by students in every state and congressional district.

The data is publicly available on NAICU's website at www.naicu.edu/studentaid.

NAICU analyzed the most recently available Education Department data in late fall 2010 to determine the distribution of federal student aid in every area of the United States. For each state and congressional district, NAICU calculated the number of awards and total dollar amounts distributed through Pell Grants, the campus-based programs (SEOG, Federal Work-Study, and Perkins Loans), and federal loans. Data are for students at all institutions of higher education (public, private nonprofit, for-profit; four-year, two-year, and less than two-year) that participate in the federal student aid programs.

The House budget proposal (H.R. 1) would fund the federal government after March 4 through the remainder of FY 2011. The proposal, which would cut $100 billion from the federal budget, would be especially painful for low-income students.

Students would see an $845 reduction in the maximum Pell Grant, and the elimination of SEOG and the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program. Summaries of how these programs help students are at www.naicu.edu/HR1Cuts.

The cuts would affect students as of July 1, 2011. Colleges are already putting together financial aid packages for their low-income students, many of whom have placed deposits and committed to enroll this fall, based on aid levels already promised by the federal government.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private 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.

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu
Office: (202) 739-0474 | Cell: (202) 288-9333

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) - With the U.S. House of Representatives set to vote tonight on a budget proposal (H.R. 1) that will cut funding for Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and other federal student aid, a new analysis of U.S. Department of Education data by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) quantifies the reliance on federal aid by students in every state and congressional district.

The data is publicly available on NAICU's website at www.naicu.edu/studentaid.

NAICU analyzed the most recently available Education Department data in late fall 2010 to determine the distribution of federal student aid in every area of the United States. For each state and congressional district, NAICU calculated the number of awards and total dollar amounts distributed through Pell Grants, the campus-based programs (SEOG, Federal Work-Study, and Perkins Loans), and federal loans. Data are for students at all institutions of higher education (public, private nonprofit, for-profit; four-year, two-year, and less than two-year) that participate in the federal student aid programs.

The House budget proposal (H.R. 1) would fund the federal government after March 4 through the remainder of FY 2011. The proposal, which would cut $100 billion from the federal budget, would be especially painful for low-income students.

Students would see an $845 reduction in the maximum Pell Grant, and the elimination of SEOG and the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program. Summaries of how these programs help students are at www.naicu.edu/HR1Cuts.

The cuts would affect students as of July 1, 2011. Colleges are already putting together financial aid packages for their low-income students, many of whom have placed deposits and committed to enroll this fall, based on aid levels already promised by the federal government.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll 90 percent of all students attending private 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.

February 17, 2011

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New Officers, Members Named to NAICU Board

New Officers, Members Named to NAICU Board

February 03, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
 Roland King, roland@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0475 (office), (202) 380-8172 (cell)
or Sarah Cooper, csarah@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0477 (office)

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. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
 Roland King, roland@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0475 (office), (202) 380-8172 (cell)
or Sarah Cooper, csarah@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0477 (office)

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. 

February 03, 2011

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Father Charles L. Currie Receives 2011 Paley Award for Service to Independent Higher Education

Father Charles L. Currie Receives 2011 Paley Award for Service to I...

February 01, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0474

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1--The Reverend Charles L. Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), has received the 2011 Henry Paley Memorial Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He received the award from NAICU President David L. Warren on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the NAICU annual meeting. The meeting is being held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Since 1985, the Paley Award has recognized an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education. The recipient of this award has set an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States. The Paley Award is named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984.

Father Currie is one of the best known - and most loved - advocates for independent higher education in Washington, across the country, and internationally. He has been a tireless supporter of students and colleges, and has balanced that mission with his efforts to assist victims of natural disasters nationally and war crimes internationally.

During his tenure, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has moved to the forefront of efforts to preserve student aid, increase access to the underserved, and strengthen the nation's educational system in providing greater opportunities for a college education among underserved populations.

"Father Currie has touched the lives of countless individuals in our community and beyond," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "He is truly a gift, not just to our sector but to all of higher education."

"For his exemplary service to students at every level of our educational system, and for his tireless advocacy for those in need, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is pleased to honor the lifelong contributions of the Reverend Charles Currie, S.J., with its 2011 Henry Paley Memorial Award," Warren said.

Father Currie became president of AJCU in 1997, after having served as president of Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) in West Virginia and Xavier University in Ohio. Under his leadership, the association has undertaken a wealth of new initiatives, such as establishing the AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership, enhancing the commitment of Jesuit colleges and universities to educate for justice, and developing the Jesuit Distance Education Network (JesuitNET). He has been a cofounder of both the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice and the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Father Currie has extensive international experience. In 1989 he traveled to El Salvador after the assassination of Jesuit priests there, and was named special assistant to the president of Georgetown University to coordinate the university's response to the tragedy. He has also built educational alliances in Vietnam, China, Cuba, and across Latin America.

A native of Philadelphia, Father Currie has studied at Fordham University, Boston College, and Woodstock College, a Jesuit seminary that since closed. He earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at The Catholic University of America, then pursued post-doctoral research at Cambridge University, the Canadian National Research Council, and the National Bureau of Standards in Washington. He also has held faculty positions at Georgetown University and Saint Joseph's University.

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 90 percent of all students attending private 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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For Immediate Release

Contact:
Tony Pals, tony@naicu.edu, (202) 739-0474

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1--The Reverend Charles L. Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), has received the 2011 Henry Paley Memorial Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He received the award from NAICU President David L. Warren on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the NAICU annual meeting. The meeting is being held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Since 1985, the Paley Award has recognized an individual who, throughout his or her career, has unfailingly served the students and faculty of independent higher education. The recipient of this award has set an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States. The Paley Award is named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984.

Father Currie is one of the best known - and most loved - advocates for independent higher education in Washington, across the country, and internationally. He has been a tireless supporter of students and colleges, and has balanced that mission with his efforts to assist victims of natural disasters nationally and war crimes internationally.

During his tenure, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has moved to the forefront of efforts to preserve student aid, increase access to the underserved, and strengthen the nation's educational system in providing greater opportunities for a college education among underserved populations.

"Father Currie has touched the lives of countless individuals in our community and beyond," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "He is truly a gift, not just to our sector but to all of higher education."

"For his exemplary service to students at every level of our educational system, and for his tireless advocacy for those in need, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is pleased to honor the lifelong contributions of the Reverend Charles Currie, S.J., with its 2011 Henry Paley Memorial Award," Warren said.

Father Currie became president of AJCU in 1997, after having served as president of Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) in West Virginia and Xavier University in Ohio. Under his leadership, the association has undertaken a wealth of new initiatives, such as establishing the AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership, enhancing the commitment of Jesuit colleges and universities to educate for justice, and developing the Jesuit Distance Education Network (JesuitNET). He has been a cofounder of both the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice and the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Father Currie has extensive international experience. In 1989 he traveled to El Salvador after the assassination of Jesuit priests there, and was named special assistant to the president of Georgetown University to coordinate the university's response to the tragedy. He has also built educational alliances in Vietnam, China, Cuba, and across Latin America.

A native of Philadelphia, Father Currie has studied at Fordham University, Boston College, and Woodstock College, a Jesuit seminary that since closed. He earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at The Catholic University of America, then pursued post-doctoral research at Cambridge University, the Canadian National Research Council, and the National Bureau of Standards in Washington. He also has held faculty positions at Georgetown University and Saint Joseph's University.

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 90 percent of all students attending private 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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