‘The Power of Partnerships’ Is Focus of 2018 CIC State Councils Annual Conference

The 2018 CIC State Councils Annual Conference will explore “The Power of Partnerships,” reflecting the pivotal role State Councils play in addressing the needs of their member institutions by facilitating access to resources from foundations, corporations, and CIC. Through sessions, roundtable discussions, and peer networking events, the meeting will enable CIC State Council executives and key staff to explore emerging trends in independent higher education and how they can most effectively benefit their member institutions through resources and connections with other organizations. The conference will take place April 29–May 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

The program will feature a wide-range of sessions, including these highlights:

  • Mayo Innovation Scholars Program with John Meslow, founder and program director, and Liz Jansen, academic program director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program;
  • Changing Dynamics in Corporate Philanthropy—the Talent Imperative with Michael Schmidt, director of Education and Global Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services;
  • Creating Peer Partnerships for At-Risk Students with Mick Weltman, executive director, Associated Colleges of Illinois;
  • Breaking Barriers to Community College Transfer with Ray Martinez III, president, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation; and
  • Boosting Enrollment through College Tours, a panel discussion with Mary-Beth Johnson, chief operating officer, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges; Kristen Grainger, president, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities; and Mary Ellen Hamer, vice president and director of strategic communications, Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Other highlights will include the annual CIC State Councils Awards Dinner on April 30 and a spouses and partners excursion to one of St. Louis’s celebrated destinations.

State Council executives, development officers, communications and marketing staff, grant and research directors, and others working to advance the work of individual State Councils are welcome to participate in the conference. Reduced registration fees will be offered to additional participants from the same State Council. The full program schedule and registration materials will be available online in early 2018. For more information, contact Carol Schuler, vice president for state council programs, at cschuler@cic.nche.edu or Vanessa Long, manager of state council programs, at vlong@cic.nche.edu.