CIC Welcomes New Board Members

The CIC Board of Directors elected ten new members during its January 4, 2020, meeting in Marco Island, Florida. In addition, the Board elected eight members to the Executive Committee.

Elected for Three-Year Terms

Danny Anderson headshotDanny J. Anderson

Anderson became Trinity University’s (TX) 19th president in 2015, after serving as a faculty member, administrator, and dean at the University of Kansas. He began his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin. An award-winning teacher, Anderson received the ING Award for Teaching Excellence; a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers. He is a specialist in Mexican literature and cultural studies and has published two books and more than 20 scholarly articles. Anderson serves on the boards of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, among others. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Austin College (TX) and master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from the University of Kansas.

Amelia Bond headshotAmelia A. J. Bond

Bond has served as the president and CEO of the St. Louis Community Foundation since 2011. During her tenure, the foundation’s asset base has increased from $192.5 million to more than $500 million; annual gifts to nonprofits on behalf of the foundation and its donors increased from $18.5 million to more than $88 million in 2018, a record-setting year. Bond moved into the philanthropy field after a successful 30-year tenure in public finance, including service on the board of directors of A. G. Edwards & Sons Inc. A national leader in the tax-exempt finance field, she served as chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Bond is on the board of trustees of Webster University (MO) and on the board of directors of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. She helped lead the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative at A. G. Edwards. The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Bond as one of its “40 Under 40” and one of its “Most Influential Businesswomen.” She earned BA degree in economics and history, with honors, from Kenyon College (OH) and an MBA in finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Phillip Chritton headshotPhillip W. Chritton

Chritton is vice president, legal at UPS, where he leads the company’s international legal group, as well as its legal team supporting mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, government affairs, and global compliance. During his career with UPS, which began in 1999, Chritton served 11 years in Singapore as head of the Asia Pacific legal group and as the first corporate counsel for UPS Capital, the company’s insurance and finance arm. Previously, he practiced eight years as an international corporate attorney in New York, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Earlier, he taught English at the Beijing Institute of Iron and Steel Technology. Chritton has been involved in a number of community service activities, including service on the board of Childspring International, an Atlanta-based organization that provides medical surgeries to children in developing countries. He holds a BA degree in history from Stanford University, an MA degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (Chinese language), and a JD degree from Columbia University.

John Comerford headshotJohn L. Comerford

Comerford began his duties as president of Otterbein University (OH) in July 2018. He previously served Blackburn College (IL) for five years as president. Earlier, Comerford served Westminster College (MO) as vice president for student life and vice president for institutional advancement; he also held positions at Missouri Western State College and Ball State University. He has been an active Rotary member and has served on the boards of the United Child Advocacy Network, Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Carlinville Public Schools Foundation, Associated Colleges of Illinois, Federated Colleges of Illinois, and Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. Comerford earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration, with an emphasis in law, from the University of Kansas.

John Marsden headshotJohn P. Marsden

Marsden became the tenth president of Midway University (KY) in 2013. His success at Midway University was recognized in 2018 by Bluegrass Tomorrow, an organization focused on quality of life in the 18-county Bluegrass Region, when he received the Excellence in Education Vision Award for the turnaround of the institution. Marsden’s 20-year career in higher education includes teaching a range of courses from the undergraduate level to the doctoral level at and serving as a provost at Barton College (NC). He also served as a provost and head of university strategic planning at Mount Mercy University (IA) and authored or co-authored four books on assisted-living and dementia-care settings as well as many book chapters, articles, and presentations. Marsden earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in architecture and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Arizona, and master’s and doctoral degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan.

Lily McNair headshotLily D. McNair

McNair became Tuskegee University’s (AL) eighth president in July 2018. Under her leadership, Tuskegee is piloting a mentoring program that pairs first-year students with faculty advisers who lead conversations about students’ skills, strengths, and how they might integrate their academic and co-curricular activities with their career plans. Previously, McNair served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College (NY). A clinical psychologist by training, McNair’s higher education career also includes academic, research, and executive appointments at Spelman College (GA), University of Georgia, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Vassar College. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University and master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Alan Ray headshotAlan Ray

Ray became the ninth president of Fisher College (MA) in 2017, after serving seven years as president of Elmhurst College (IL). He recently completed a 14-month appointment as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. Earlier, he was vice provost for academic affairs and senior vice provost at the University of New Hampshire and associate dean for academic affairs at Harvard Law School. Before entering academic administration, Ray practiced law in Los Angeles and Boston. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 15-member National Advisory Council on Indian Education, a post he held for the duration of the Obama administration. In addition to his work in federal Indian law, he is a writer and speaker on the value of religious and cultural pluralism for a transformative college experience. His reflections on campus life have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Liberal Education, and other publications. Ray graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from the former St. Thomas Seminary College, and he holds a PhD in religious studies from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

John Swallow headshotJohn R. Swallow

Swallow took office as the 23rd president of Carthage College (WI) in 2017. He came to Carthage from Sewanee: The University of the South (TN), where he was chief academic and operating officer. Swallow previously served as Kimbrough Professor of Mathematics and Humanities at Davidson College for 17 years, where he was elected leader of the faculty and students honored him with the Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching Award in 2010. More recently, Swallow served as a trustee of Agnes Scott College (GA). Swallow has written articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Huffington Post; an undergraduate textbook; and more than two dozen research articles in mathematics. He graduated from Sewanee with honors in both mathematics and English literature, and he earned two master’s degrees and a PhD in mathematics, all from Yale University.

Elected for Two-Year Terms

Andrea Chapdelaine headshotAndrea E. Chapdelaine

Chapdelaine became president of Hood College (MD) in 2015; she also is a tenured faculty member in the psychology department. Previously, Chapdelaine served Albright College (PA) as an associate professor, dean of undergraduate studies, and provost. Earlier, she taught at Trinity (CT) and Wabash (IN) colleges. During her career, she has taught courses in introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, program evaluation, social psychology, psychology and the law, close relationships, and community-based research. Her most recent scholarly work has focused on supporting faculty through policies designed to promote flexibility and work-life balance, the value of undergraduate research to student learning, and ethical issues in service learning. Chapdelaine earned a BA in psychology and justice studies from the University of New Hampshire and an MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Elfred Pinkard headshotElfred Anthony Pinkard

Pinkard was appointed president of Wilberforce University (OH) in 2018. He previously served Wilberforce as executive vice president and provost. Earlier, Pinkard was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Johnson C. Smith University (NC), executive director of the Institute for Capacity Building at the United Negro College Fund, associate provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dillard University (LA), and director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at Spelman College (GA). Pinkard is a faculty member for CIC’s New Presidents Program. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Morehouse College (GA), a master’s degree from Howard University, and a doctoral degree from Harvard University.

CIC Executive Committee (2020–2022)

The following officers were elected to CIC’s Executive Committee, with terms ending in January 2022.

Katherine Bergeron
President, Connecticut College (CT)

Vice Chair for Programs
Michael C. Maxey
President, Roanoke College (VA)

Secretary and Vice Chair for Membership
Roslyn Clark Artis
President, Benedict College (SC)

H. James Williams
President, Mount St. Joseph University (OH)

Vice Chair for Investment
Arvid C. Johnson
President, University of St. Francis (IL)

Vice Chair for Public Information
Elizabeth J. Stroble
President, Webster University (MO)

Vice Chair for Resource Development
Elizabeth Davis
President, Furman University (SC)

Past Chair
MaryAnn Baenninger
President, Drew University (NJ)

View the full Board of Directors roster.