Message from the President

Marjorie Hass headshotHaving devoted my career to higher education as a professor, provost, president, mentor, and leader, I am a deep believer in the transformative power of the kind of education found at smaller independent colleges and universities. CIC’s membership consists of institutions dedicated to a distinctive and important tradition in higher education.

CIC exists to increase the impact and excellence of its members. We focus on a tripartite mission: supporting and developing leaders, advancing the excellence of member institutions, and working to enhance public understanding of the contributions independent higher education makes to society. On CIC’s website, you will find a great deal of information about the specific programs and services CIC offers in pursuit of all three aspects of our mission.

As the needs of CIC member institutions evolve, the programs and services we offer expand and change. As CIC’s new president, I will be listening intently to members to learn more about the pressing issues they face now and the ways in which CIC can contribute to their continued success in the years to come.

Already I have heard an emphasis on strengthening business models; educating for democratic citizenship; expanding equity, access, and inclusion; building the leadership pipeline; and protecting academic independence and autonomy. I will be writing here and elsewhere about how these issues are being addressed by independent colleges and universities, and how CIC is supporting their efforts. Please follow our work on these essential and timely priorities: Check back on this website, follow our LinkedIn page, and read our Independent newsletter. And please let us hear from you.

With warm good wishes,

Marjorie Hass