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NAICU Statement on Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report

NAICU Statement on Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report

September 30, 2015

Seven out of 10 alumni from America’s private colleges and universities “agree” or “strongly agree” that their education was worth the cost, according to the latest report from the Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report.  Seventy-four percent of private college alumni responded that their education was valuable; more than 30,000 public and private college alumni were surveyed.


The numbers contained in many headlines and news stories present a startlingly different story from the results found by the researchers and published in their report. One such headline announced: Less Than Half of Recent Grads 'Strongly Agree' That College Was Worth the Cost.


The Gallup-Purdue Index Report provides America’s colleges and universities with a blueprint for increasing alumni satisfaction through deeper student engagement with faculty and mentors.  At the same time, the report demonstrates the enduring value of a college education.

David Warren
President, NAICU 

Seven out of 10 alumni from America’s private colleges and universities “agree” or “strongly agree” that their education was worth the cost, according to the latest report from the Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report.  Seventy-four percent of private college alumni responded that their education was valuable; more than 30,000 public and private college alumni were surveyed.


The numbers contained in many headlines and news stories present a startlingly different story from the results found by the researchers and published in their report. One such headline announced: Less Than Half of Recent Grads 'Strongly Agree' That College Was Worth the Cost.


The Gallup-Purdue Index Report provides America’s colleges and universities with a blueprint for increasing alumni satisfaction through deeper student engagement with faculty and mentors.  At the same time, the report demonstrates the enduring value of a college education.

David Warren
President, NAICU 

September 30, 2015

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John M. McCardell, Jr., of The University of the South (TN) Named NAICU Board Chair

John M. McCardell, Jr., of The University of the South (TN) Named N...

February 04, 2015

John M. McCardell, Jr., vice chancellor and president of Sewanee: The University of the South, has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).  McCardell leads a list of four new board officers and 14 new board members who assumed their responsibilities today, February 4, 2015, at the close of the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

NAICU board members set the association agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.  Members serve three-year terms, while officers hold their positions for one year.

“Private higher education today faces an unprecedented combination of challenges including the deepening role of the federal government, tightening fiscal constraints, rapidly changing student demographics, technological innovation, and globalization,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “Having served on NAICU’s board for several years, John has a deep understanding of the issues our members face both in Washington, DC, and on their own campuses. The experience and leadership of John and the other new board members will be critical in the years ahead as NAICU and our members navigate this time of change and challenge for American higher education.”

McCardell succeeds Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., president of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, who remains on the board as immediate past chair.

"Now more than ever is a time to make the case for independent higher education and for policies that recognize its worth,” said McCardell.  “NAICU has been an influential and articulate voice in making that case and dispelling the myths that too often confuse or mislead the public. Independent colleges and universities are in fact accessible, affordable, and offer great value. I am honored to have been chosen to take a leadership role in the coming year to serve this most worthy organization in its most worthy mission."

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of independent higher education in the United States. Since 1976, the association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.

NAICU is the national public policy association for the nation’s private, non-profit colleges and universities.  Our 963 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.  With over 3 million students attending independent colleges and universities, the private sector of American higher education has a dramatic impact on our nation’s larger public interests.

NAICU spearheads several major public initiatives, including the Student Aid Alliance, a national coalition that advocates for enhanced funding of the federal student aid programs; the University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) consumer information website; and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project, which engages college students in the electoral process.

McCardell

Appointed the 16th vice chancellor of Sewanee in 2010, McCardell is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education.  He possesses a record of achievement as a scholar of the American South, as the chief executive of one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges, and as a respected national figure in the public discussion about higher education and student life.  (View bio)

As vice chancellor of Sewanee, he leads an institution of 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students, focused on the liberal arts. Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. 

A Maryland native and 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University (VA), he completed graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University (MD) and at Harvard University (MA), where he earned a Ph.D. in history in 1976.  After graduation, McCardell joined the history faculty at Middlebury College (VT) in 1976 and served as Middlebury’s president from 1992 until he stepped down in 2004. He served as chairman of the Division III Presidents’ Council of the NCAA in 2003-04 and led a successful, comprehensive reform effort. 

Other New NAICU Board Officers:

  • Marjorie Hass, Ph.D., president of Austin College in Sherman, TX, will serve as vice chair of the NAICU board of directors.  She would be in line to assume the position of chair in February 2016.
  • Kent Henning, MBA, president of Grand View University, in Des Moines, IA, has been named treasurer. 
  • Antoine Garibaldi, Ph.D., president of University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI, 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 eight national regions: 

  • Steven DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, will represent Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). 
  • Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of St. Peter’s University, in Jersey City, NJ, will represent Region II (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York). 
  • James Hurley, Ed.D., president of University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY, will represent Region III (Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia). 
  • Leo Lambert, Ph.D., president of Elon University in Elon, NC, will represent Region IV (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Caroline, Virginia). 
  • Dottie King, Ph.D., president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN, will represent Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin). 
  • H. James Williams, Ph.D., C.MA., J.D., LL.M., president of Fisk University in Nashville, TN, will represent Region VI (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas). 
  • Frederik Ohles, Ph.D., president of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE, will represent Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota). 
  • Andrew Benton, Ph.D., president of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, will represent Region VIII (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). 

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

  • Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
  • MaryAnn Baenninger, Ph.D., president of Drew University in Madison, NJ.
  • Barry Glassner, Ph.D., president of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
  • Sharon Herzberger, Ph.D., president of Whittier College in Whittier, CA. 

In addition, four presidents have been named chairs of the Association’s standing committees:

  • Jennifer Braaten, Ph.D., president of Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA, will lead the Audit Committee.
  • Ken Starr, J.D., president and chancellor of Baylor University in Waco, TX, will chair the Committee on Accountability.
  • Lori Bettison-Varga, Ph.D., president of Scripps College in Claremont, CA, will lead the Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations.
  • Ronald Thomas, Ph.D., president of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, will lead the Committee on Student Aid.
  • Jeffrey Docking, Ph.D., president of Adrian College in MI, will chair the Committee on Tax Policy.

In addition, Paul Cerkvenik, president of the Minnesota Private College Council, will serve a three-year term on the Board representing the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE). Bill Andresen, associate vice president for federal relations at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as an ad-hoc non-voting government relations representative for three-years ending in February 2018. 

John M. McCardell, Jr., vice chancellor and president of Sewanee: The University of the South, has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).  McCardell leads a list of four new board officers and 14 new board members who assumed their responsibilities today, February 4, 2015, at the close of the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

NAICU board members set the association agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.  Members serve three-year terms, while officers hold their positions for one year.

“Private higher education today faces an unprecedented combination of challenges including the deepening role of the federal government, tightening fiscal constraints, rapidly changing student demographics, technological innovation, and globalization,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “Having served on NAICU’s board for several years, John has a deep understanding of the issues our members face both in Washington, DC, and on their own campuses. The experience and leadership of John and the other new board members will be critical in the years ahead as NAICU and our members navigate this time of change and challenge for American higher education.”

McCardell succeeds Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., president of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, who remains on the board as immediate past chair.

"Now more than ever is a time to make the case for independent higher education and for policies that recognize its worth,” said McCardell.  “NAICU has been an influential and articulate voice in making that case and dispelling the myths that too often confuse or mislead the public. Independent colleges and universities are in fact accessible, affordable, and offer great value. I am honored to have been chosen to take a leadership role in the coming year to serve this most worthy organization in its most worthy mission."

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of private nonprofit higher education. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide, NAICU reflects the diversity of independent higher education in the United States. Since 1976, the association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation.

NAICU is the national public policy association for the nation’s private, non-profit colleges and universities.  Our 963 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.  With over 3 million students attending independent colleges and universities, the private sector of American higher education has a dramatic impact on our nation’s larger public interests.

NAICU spearheads several major public initiatives, including the Student Aid Alliance, a national coalition that advocates for enhanced funding of the federal student aid programs; the University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) consumer information website; and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project, which engages college students in the electoral process.

McCardell

Appointed the 16th vice chancellor of Sewanee in 2010, McCardell is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education.  He possesses a record of achievement as a scholar of the American South, as the chief executive of one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges, and as a respected national figure in the public discussion about higher education and student life.  (View bio)

As vice chancellor of Sewanee, he leads an institution of 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students, focused on the liberal arts. Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. 

A Maryland native and 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University (VA), he completed graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University (MD) and at Harvard University (MA), where he earned a Ph.D. in history in 1976.  After graduation, McCardell joined the history faculty at Middlebury College (VT) in 1976 and served as Middlebury’s president from 1992 until he stepped down in 2004. He served as chairman of the Division III Presidents’ Council of the NCAA in 2003-04 and led a successful, comprehensive reform effort. 

Other New NAICU Board Officers:

  • Marjorie Hass, Ph.D., president of Austin College in Sherman, TX, will serve as vice chair of the NAICU board of directors.  She would be in line to assume the position of chair in February 2016.
  • Kent Henning, MBA, president of Grand View University, in Des Moines, IA, has been named treasurer. 
  • Antoine Garibaldi, Ph.D., president of University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI, 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 eight national regions: 

  • Steven DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, will represent Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). 
  • Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of St. Peter’s University, in Jersey City, NJ, will represent Region II (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York). 
  • James Hurley, Ed.D., president of University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY, will represent Region III (Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia). 
  • Leo Lambert, Ph.D., president of Elon University in Elon, NC, will represent Region IV (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Caroline, Virginia). 
  • Dottie King, Ph.D., president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN, will represent Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin). 
  • H. James Williams, Ph.D., C.MA., J.D., LL.M., president of Fisk University in Nashville, TN, will represent Region VI (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas). 
  • Frederik Ohles, Ph.D., president of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE, will represent Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota). 
  • Andrew Benton, Ph.D., president of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, will represent Region VIII (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado., Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). 

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

  • Jo Allen, Ph.D., president of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.
  • MaryAnn Baenninger, Ph.D., president of Drew University in Madison, NJ.
  • Barry Glassner, Ph.D., president of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
  • Sharon Herzberger, Ph.D., president of Whittier College in Whittier, CA. 

In addition, four presidents have been named chairs of the Association’s standing committees:

  • Jennifer Braaten, Ph.D., president of Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA, will lead the Audit Committee.
  • Ken Starr, J.D., president and chancellor of Baylor University in Waco, TX, will chair the Committee on Accountability.
  • Lori Bettison-Varga, Ph.D., president of Scripps College in Claremont, CA, will lead the Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations.
  • Ronald Thomas, Ph.D., president of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, will lead the Committee on Student Aid.
  • Jeffrey Docking, Ph.D., president of Adrian College in MI, will chair the Committee on Tax Policy.

In addition, Paul Cerkvenik, president of the Minnesota Private College Council, will serve a three-year term on the Board representing the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE). Bill Andresen, associate vice president for federal relations at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as an ad-hoc non-voting government relations representative for three-years ending in February 2018. 

February 04, 2015

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NAICU Presents 29th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award to St. John’s College (MD) President Christopher B. Nelson

NAICU Presents 29th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award to St. John’s...

February 04, 2015

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) presented the 29th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award to Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, for his tireless work on behalf of the liberal arts and private higher education, and for setting an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States.  The award was presented today during NAICU’s 2015 Annual Meeting currently underway at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984, the Paley Memorial Award recognizes an individual who embodies his spirit of unfailing service toward the students and faculty of independent higher education.

“For nearly 25 years, Chris Nelson has been an articulate and outspoken advocate for a liberal arts education,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “From Congressional testimony and speaking engagements to newspaper opinion essays and blog posts, Chris regularly engages in the national conversation, sometimes actually leading the conversation, about higher education and has been prolific in advancing the mission and values of America’s private colleges and universities.”

“This is an extraordinary and unforeseen honor,” said Nelson.  “I am grateful to my colleagues who share with me the privilege and responsibility of helping to raise and educate the next generation.  Their friendship, support and wisdom have helped me immensely in my own work on behalf of higher education.”  [Read complete text of Nelson's comments]  [Read complete award citation]

Among a distinguished set of voices for the value of the liberal arts, Nelson is one of the most articulate and better known nationally. The Washington Post cited Nelson as one of the most influential college presidents in the country in a profile marking his 20th anniversary at St. John’s College in 2011.

Recently, he has addressed issues of institutional autonomy in the face of government regulatory intrusion, changes proposed to the accrediting system, defining the role of liberal education as an excellent grounding for career and professional development and, most importantly, for an open-minded pursuit of lifelong learning. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of The Washington Post and The Huffington Post as well as a prolific writer of the blog Sign Post for Liberal Education (blogs.sjc.edu/christopher-nelson/).

Before accountability was a national buzzword, Nelson was a key member of NAICU’s 1994 Task Force on Appropriate Accountability, helping to frame the language still used in the higher education sector about the importance of self-regulation to preserving the core quality and diversity of American higher education.

St. John’s is devoted to the most liberal of liberal education. Its richly varied curriculum focuses on an integrated study of philosophy, literature, history, theology, political science, mathematics, music, and science. Students and faculty engage directly—not through textbooks and lectures but through study and discussion—with original texts and ideas that are at the foundations of Western thought.

A 1970 alumnus of St. John’s College, and a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, Nelson practiced law in Chicago for 18 years, and was chairman of his law firm when he left the practice for the top leadership post at St. John’s College.

Nelson is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association and a past chair and a founding member of the Annapolis Group, a consortium of over 120 of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. He also served on the board for the Council of Independent Colleges and as chair of the Board of Trustees of Shimer College. He is currently serving a second three-year term on the NAICU Board of Directors.

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) presented the 29th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award to Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, for his tireless work on behalf of the liberal arts and private higher education, and for setting an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States.  The award was presented today during NAICU’s 2015 Annual Meeting currently underway at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Named for Henry Paley, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until 1984, the Paley Memorial Award recognizes an individual who embodies his spirit of unfailing service toward the students and faculty of independent higher education.

“For nearly 25 years, Chris Nelson has been an articulate and outspoken advocate for a liberal arts education,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D.  “From Congressional testimony and speaking engagements to newspaper opinion essays and blog posts, Chris regularly engages in the national conversation, sometimes actually leading the conversation, about higher education and has been prolific in advancing the mission and values of America’s private colleges and universities.”

“This is an extraordinary and unforeseen honor,” said Nelson.  “I am grateful to my colleagues who share with me the privilege and responsibility of helping to raise and educate the next generation.  Their friendship, support and wisdom have helped me immensely in my own work on behalf of higher education.”  [Read complete text of Nelson's comments]  [Read complete award citation]

Among a distinguished set of voices for the value of the liberal arts, Nelson is one of the most articulate and better known nationally. The Washington Post cited Nelson as one of the most influential college presidents in the country in a profile marking his 20th anniversary at St. John’s College in 2011.

Recently, he has addressed issues of institutional autonomy in the face of government regulatory intrusion, changes proposed to the accrediting system, defining the role of liberal education as an excellent grounding for career and professional development and, most importantly, for an open-minded pursuit of lifelong learning. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of The Washington Post and The Huffington Post as well as a prolific writer of the blog Sign Post for Liberal Education (blogs.sjc.edu/christopher-nelson/).

Before accountability was a national buzzword, Nelson was a key member of NAICU’s 1994 Task Force on Appropriate Accountability, helping to frame the language still used in the higher education sector about the importance of self-regulation to preserving the core quality and diversity of American higher education.

St. John’s is devoted to the most liberal of liberal education. Its richly varied curriculum focuses on an integrated study of philosophy, literature, history, theology, political science, mathematics, music, and science. Students and faculty engage directly—not through textbooks and lectures but through study and discussion—with original texts and ideas that are at the foundations of Western thought.

A 1970 alumnus of St. John’s College, and a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, Nelson practiced law in Chicago for 18 years, and was chairman of his law firm when he left the practice for the top leadership post at St. John’s College.

Nelson is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association and a past chair and a founding member of the Annapolis Group, a consortium of over 120 of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. He also served on the board for the Council of Independent Colleges and as chair of the Board of Trustees of Shimer College. He is currently serving a second three-year term on the NAICU Board of Directors.

February 04, 2015

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Statement from David L. Warren Regarding the RADD Report on Student Unit Record Data

Statement from David L. Warren Regarding the RADD Report on Student...

March 11, 2014

Support for student privacy is a policy position that the NAICU membership has taken throughout our existence, encompassing support of the Family Educational Rights and Responsibility Act (FERPA)—as well as opposition to the collection of student unit record data. Protection of student privacy was one of the six principles that guided our policy development on the Higher Education Act reauthorization work that began in 2002. So, it is certainly true that the NAICU membership supported a ban on the establishment of a student unit record data system and continues to do so.

Whatever the speculation about our motives may be, the truth is that our opposition is—and consistently has been—grounded in the concern about the adverse impact such a system would have on student privacy. We do not believe that the price for enrolling in college should be permanent entry into a massive data registry. Such a registry would collect individual data about students throughout their lifetimes, with no serious discussion about what data should not be collected or what privacy safeguards would remain.

Many members of Congress also care deeply about student privacy, and the ban on a federal student unit record system stems from that concern.

David L. Warren
President
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 

Support for student privacy is a policy position that the NAICU membership has taken throughout our existence, encompassing support of the Family Educational Rights and Responsibility Act (FERPA)—as well as opposition to the collection of student unit record data. Protection of student privacy was one of the six principles that guided our policy development on the Higher Education Act reauthorization work that began in 2002. So, it is certainly true that the NAICU membership supported a ban on the establishment of a student unit record data system and continues to do so.

Whatever the speculation about our motives may be, the truth is that our opposition is—and consistently has been—grounded in the concern about the adverse impact such a system would have on student privacy. We do not believe that the price for enrolling in college should be permanent entry into a massive data registry. Such a registry would collect individual data about students throughout their lifetimes, with no serious discussion about what data should not be collected or what privacy safeguards would remain.

Many members of Congress also care deeply about student privacy, and the ban on a federal student unit record system stems from that concern.

David L. Warren
President
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 

March 11, 2014

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Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. Appointed Chair of NAICU Board

Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. Appointed ...

February 06, 2014

Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).  Fitzsimmons leads a list of four new board officers and 15 new board directors who assumed their responsibilities on February 5, 2014 at the close of the NAICU 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Members of NAICU Board of Directors set the association 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 elected by their peers because of their commitment to America's college students, leadership experience, and interest in advancing the cause of private, nonprofit colleges and universities,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “They assume their responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”

Board Chair

Fitzsimmons, who served as vice chair of the NAICU board in 2013-14, succeeds Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, Ph.D., president of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., who remains on the board as immediate past chair.

"Our nation benefits from the best higher education system in the world, including the vibrant and innovative group of private, nonprofit colleges and universities that are members of NAICU,” Fitzsimmons said.  “Our challenge is to clearly communicate to students, families and policymakers the commitment that private, nonprofit institutions have in providing affordable access to a college education. At the same time, we must convince the federal government that it is not the job nor is it in the best interest of students and families for the Department of Education to be in the business of rating colleges.”

Fitzsimmons became Shenandoah University’s 16th president on July 1, 2008 and is the institution’s first female president since its founding in 1875.  One of the youngest university presidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia, she joined the Shenandoah community in 2001, as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  She became vice president for Academic Affairs in 2002 and was named senior vice president in 2006. She holds a faculty appointment as professor of Political Science. Previously, Fitzsimmons was a tenured faculty member and faculty leader at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.

As president of Shenandoah University, she leads an institution of 4,000 students, 250 full-time faculty and 450 staff on a 129 acre site in Winchester, Va., and a satellite campus in Leesburg, Va.

Fitzsimmons earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Stanford University in Latin American studies and political science, respectively.

Other New NAICU Board Officers

  • John M. McCardell, Jr., Ph.D., vice chancellor and president, Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, will serve as vice chair of the NAICU board of directors.  He will assume the position of chair next year. 
  • William W. Destler, Ph.D., president of Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY, has been named treasurer. 
  • Marvin Krislow, J.D., president of Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, 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: 

  • Mim L. Runey, LDP, president of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, will represent Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT). 
  • Christopher B. Nelson, J.D., president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, will represent Region II (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY). 
  • Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., president of Alvernia University in Reading, PA, will represent Region III (KY, OH, PA, WV). 
  • Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., president of Stetson University in Deland, FL, will represent Region IV (FL, GA, NC, SC, VA). 
  • Eileen Schwalbach, Ph.D., president of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI, will represent Region V (IL, IN, MI, WI). 
  • B. David Rowe, Ph.D., president of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA, will represent Region VI (AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX). 
  • Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D., president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, will represent Region VII (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD). 
  • Stephen Thorsett, Ph.D,  president of Willamette University in Salem, OR, will represent Region VIII (AK, AZ, CA, CO., HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY). 

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

  • Bobby Fong, Ph.D., president of Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. 
  • Philip A. Glotzbach, Ph.D., president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Thayne M. McCulloh, D. Phil., president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
  • Elizabeth Stroble, Ph.D., president of Webster University in St. Louis, MO. 

In addition, Lesa Smaligo, executive director of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities in Owasso, OK, will serve a three year term on the Board representing the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE). 

Robin Taffler, executive director, Work Colleges Consortium of Berea, KY, also will serve a three-year term representing the NAICU Secretariat. 

And finally, Deborah Altenburg, director of federal relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, will serve a three year term as an ad-hoc, non-voting government relations professional.

 

 

Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).  Fitzsimmons leads a list of four new board officers and 15 new board directors who assumed their responsibilities on February 5, 2014 at the close of the NAICU 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Members of NAICU Board of Directors set the association 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 elected by their peers because of their commitment to America's college students, leadership experience, and interest in advancing the cause of private, nonprofit colleges and universities,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “They assume their responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”

Board Chair

Fitzsimmons, who served as vice chair of the NAICU board in 2013-14, succeeds Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, Ph.D., president of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., who remains on the board as immediate past chair.

"Our nation benefits from the best higher education system in the world, including the vibrant and innovative group of private, nonprofit colleges and universities that are members of NAICU,” Fitzsimmons said.  “Our challenge is to clearly communicate to students, families and policymakers the commitment that private, nonprofit institutions have in providing affordable access to a college education. At the same time, we must convince the federal government that it is not the job nor is it in the best interest of students and families for the Department of Education to be in the business of rating colleges.”

Fitzsimmons became Shenandoah University’s 16th president on July 1, 2008 and is the institution’s first female president since its founding in 1875.  One of the youngest university presidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia, she joined the Shenandoah community in 2001, as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  She became vice president for Academic Affairs in 2002 and was named senior vice president in 2006. She holds a faculty appointment as professor of Political Science. Previously, Fitzsimmons was a tenured faculty member and faculty leader at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.

As president of Shenandoah University, she leads an institution of 4,000 students, 250 full-time faculty and 450 staff on a 129 acre site in Winchester, Va., and a satellite campus in Leesburg, Va.

Fitzsimmons earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Stanford University in Latin American studies and political science, respectively.

Other New NAICU Board Officers

  • John M. McCardell, Jr., Ph.D., vice chancellor and president, Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, will serve as vice chair of the NAICU board of directors.  He will assume the position of chair next year. 
  • William W. Destler, Ph.D., president of Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY, has been named treasurer. 
  • Marvin Krislow, J.D., president of Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, 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: 

  • Mim L. Runey, LDP, president of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, will represent Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT). 
  • Christopher B. Nelson, J.D., president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, will represent Region II (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY). 
  • Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., president of Alvernia University in Reading, PA, will represent Region III (KY, OH, PA, WV). 
  • Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., president of Stetson University in Deland, FL, will represent Region IV (FL, GA, NC, SC, VA). 
  • Eileen Schwalbach, Ph.D., president of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI, will represent Region V (IL, IN, MI, WI). 
  • B. David Rowe, Ph.D., president of Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA, will represent Region VI (AL, AR, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX). 
  • Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D., president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, will represent Region VII (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD). 
  • Stephen Thorsett, Ph.D,  president of Willamette University in Salem, OR, will represent Region VIII (AK, AZ, CA, CO., HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY). 

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

  • Bobby Fong, Ph.D., president of Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. 
  • Philip A. Glotzbach, Ph.D., president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Thayne M. McCulloh, D. Phil., president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
  • Elizabeth Stroble, Ph.D., president of Webster University in St. Louis, MO. 

In addition, Lesa Smaligo, executive director of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities in Owasso, OK, will serve a three year term on the Board representing the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE). 

Robin Taffler, executive director, Work Colleges Consortium of Berea, KY, also will serve a three-year term representing the NAICU Secretariat. 

And finally, Deborah Altenburg, director of federal relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, will serve a three year term as an ad-hoc, non-voting government relations professional.

 

 

February 06, 2014

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