CIC Notes Its 60th Anniversary, Welcomes New Staff Members


CIC and its Independent newsletter turned 60 this fall. When the publication began in September 1956—back when CIC was called the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges—the three-page newsletter was written and laid out by typewriter. The publication expanded rapidly—in terms of subject matter, length, frequency, and visual presentation. Today, the full-color newsletter is published five times a year (three of which are online only). CIC strives to make the newsletter a useful member service.


This summer, several publications covered participation in CIC’s 2016–2017 Executive Leadership Academy: the Springfield News-Leader (MO) article, “Sue Head Named to Executive Leadership Academy” (June 18); the MetroWest Daily News (MA) story, “Regis VP Selected for Executive Leadership Academy” (June 18); the Clarion-Ledger (MS) piece, “Keith Dunn Chosen for Ed Leadership Academy” (June 12); and the (MA) story, “Melissa Morriss-Olson Selected for Leadership-Development Program” (June 6). In addition, the Burlington County Times (NJ) news piece, “Burlington County Residents Awarded for Their Accomplishments” (August 8), discussed the 2016–2017 Senior Leadership Academy.
CIC’s faculty development programs also received coverage by the local press. The CIC-Interfaith Youth Core Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar was featured in three reports: The Review (OH) story, “Dr. Nicole Johnson Selected for Seminar” (August 3); the Journal Times (WI) article, “Carthage Professor Participated in Major Interfaith Teaching Seminar” (August 2); and a (PA) news piece (June 14). The Daily Times (TN) article, “Maryville College Faculty Members Selected for Prestigious Seminars” (July 26), mentioned the CIC- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History seminar as well as CIC’s Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context seminar.
CIC’s Securing America’s Future: Power of Liberal Arts Education campaign was featured in the Capitol Communicator story, “Communicators Recognized for Top PR Programs at PRSA Silver Anvil Awards Event” (June 10).
Journalists continue to interview CIC President Richard Ekman about college business models, enrollment trends, and campus financial issues. This summer, Ekman was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education articles, “Small Rural Colleges Grapple with Their Geography” (June 10) and “Three Small Colleges Close. Is That a Trend?” (June 2), as well as the Inside Higher Ed story, “The Department and St. Catharine” (June 2).
Ekman also was interviewed about the challenges and opportunities that smaller independent colleges face in the EvoLLLution article, “Surveying the Competitive Landscape for Independent Colleges” (June 6). EvoLLLution is an online newspaper focused on covering innovation in higher education.
CIC’s grant and scholarship programs received local press coverage. Four stories reported on the CIC-administered UPS Scholarships: MyPlainview’s (TX) “Wayland Student Receives UPS Scholarship” (August 29); Brownwood News’s (TX) “HPU Student Receives UPS Scholarship” (August 29); the Herald Times Reporter’s (WI) “Fleming Nets UPS Scholarship” (August 25); and Salisbury Post’s (NC), “NC Independent Colleges and Universities Awards Scholarships” (August 4). The Courier (IA) article, “Wartburg Receives Grant” (June 25), discussed the NetVUE Vocation Exploration Renewal Grant.
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Barbara Hetrick, who joined the CIC staff in May 2007, retired from her position as senior vice president in August 2016. She now serves as CIC senior advisor and supports several projects and programs.
David Brailow became CIC’s vice president for development in August. He is responsible for the solicitation and management of foundation grants and corporate sponsorships and oversees several CIC leadership and faculty-development programs. Previously, he served for 15 years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Franklin College (IN), which in 2016 named him professor emeritus. Brailow was professor of English and served in various administrative roles at McKendree College, now McKendree University (IL), from 1982 to 2001. Brailow received his BA in English from Amherst College and his PhD from the University of Oregon.

In July, Cecily Garber completed a two-year term at CIC as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow. She is now editorial content manager at the National Business Officers Association.
Sidney Davis joined CIC as communications and social media fellow in August 2016. His responsibilities include managing the Securing America’s Future social media activities and platforms and contributing to other communication priorities. Previously, Davis served as a web strategist, content manager, web producer, and digital media consultant for the National Association of Realtors. Davis graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2011 with a BA in musical theatre, communication, and media arts. He received an MA in speech and theatre from Louisiana Tech University.


The Board of Directors and staff of CIC welcome the following new members since April 2016:
New Institutional Members
Dean College (MA)
Drury University (MO)
Lake Forest College (IL)
Logan University (MO)
Marist College (NY)
Trinity University (TX)
Trinity International University (IL)