The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) today announced that Kathy Whatley has been appointed as CIC’s new vice president for annual programs following a comprehensive search. She officially begins on March 4, 2013, and succeeds Ginny Coombs, who is retiring.
Whatley’s primary responsibilities will include the development of the Institute for Chief Academic Officers, the Presidential Spouses Program, and the Division and Department Chairs Workshops. Whatley has been the provost of Berry College in Georgia since 2008. Prior to her appointment there, she served the University of North Carolina at Asheville (one of a small number of public liberal arts institutions) as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, dean of natural sciences, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for natural sciences, dean of faculty, and director of the undergraduate research program.
Whatley earned a BS in physics from Wake Forest University and an MA and PhD in experimental nuclear physics at Duke University. She has made presentations at many conferences, including CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers, on such topics as undergraduate research, faculty compensation, dealing with non-tenure-track faculty members, and teaching issues in undergraduate physics.
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.