CIC Welcomes New Board Members

The CIC Board of Directors elected ten new members during its January 4, 2016, meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.
MaryAnn Baenninger began her tenure as the 13th president of Drew University (NJ) in July 2014. She previously served for ten years as president of the College of Saint Benedict (MN). Earlier, she was executive associate director of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in Philadelphia and held faculty appointments at the College of New Jersey, Philadelphia University, and Washington College. Baenninger currently serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She previously served on the boards of the Women’s College Coalition, Minnesota Public Radio, Council of Independent Colleges, and the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Baenninger received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and PhD both in psychology from Temple University.

James E. Brenneman became the 16th president of Goshen College (IN) in 2006. An ordained minister of the Mennonite Church USA, previously he was the founding lead pastor of Pasadena Mennonite Church, a senior associate in leadership development for U.S. Ministries of World Vision, and a faculty member for Episcopal Theological School at Claremont. Brenneman serves on the boards of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, the Horizon Educational Alliance, and the Independent Colleges of Indiana and is chair of the Council of Presidents for the NAIA Crossroads League. He received an interdisciplinary degree in Bible studies, biology, and natural science from Goshen College, attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (now the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary), and received an MDiv degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He also holds an MA degree in religious studies and a doctorate, with a focus in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies, from Claremont Graduate University.

Mary B. Marcy became Dominican University of California’s ninth president in 2011. Previously, she was provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA) and vice president at Bard College. Earlier, Marcy was the first dean of university relations and planning at Antioch University Seattle, the lead researcher and policy advisor to the president of Western Washington University, and was appointed by then Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a commissioner on the Commonwealth’s Public Education Nominating Council. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Liberal Education, the Academic Advisory Council of the Panetta Institute, and the Steering Committee for CIC’s Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education. She is a member of the board of governors of the Commonwealth Club of California and serves on the board of directors of the North Bay Leadership Council. Marcy received her BA degree in political science with honors from the University of Nebraska and her PhD and MPhil degrees in political science from the University of Oxford.

Suzanne K. Mellon was appointed the tenth president of Carlow University (PA) in 2013. Previously, she was executive vice president of Saint Anselm College (NH) and dean of the College of Health Professions and the McAuley School of Nursing at University of Detroit Mercy. Mellon serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Economy League and is a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education Council of Presidents, the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education President’s Council, the Workforce Development Steering Committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the International Women’s Forum. Mellon earned a BSN in nursing, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University, and a PhD in philosophy from Wayne State University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Barbara K. Mistick became Wilson College’s (PA) 19th president in 2011. Previously, she was president of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Mistick has been an entrepreneur and an educator at several institutions, including the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy; and the National Education Center for Women in Business at Seton Hill University (PA). Her new book, Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace, has just been released. Mistick holds a bachelor of science degree from Carlow College (PA), an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctor of management degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Nayef H. Samhat is the 11th president of Wofford College (SC). He came to Wofford in July 2013, after having served as provost and professor of political science and international studies at Kenyon College (OH). Earlier, Samhat was the Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Associate Professor of Government and International Studies and an associate dean of the college at Centre College (KY). He has held leadership roles in several organizations, including membership in the working group on organization for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Presidential Forum, NAICU’s Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations, Wye/Aspen Faculty Seminar advisory board, and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Futures Group board of directors. Samhat also has served as chair of the Southern Conference’s Council of Presidents. He earned a BA in international affairs from George Washington University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

Lester C. Newman was appointed the 12th president of Jarvis Christian College (TX) in 2012. In previous positions, he has served as a professor, dean, vice president for academic affairs, and college president. Newman currently serves on the board of directors of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the council of presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the institutional membership board of the United Negro College Fund, and as secretary and treasurer for the Texas Association of Developing Colleges. He also has served on the boards of American Council on Education, National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Advisory Board. Newman received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University (LA) and his master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from Atlanta University, now Clark Atlanta University (GA).

Kevin M. Ross was named the fifth president of Lynn University (FL) in 2006. He previously served at Lynn as associate dean, College of International Communication, director of special projects, director of development, vice president of institutional advancement, and chief operating officer. Ross serves on the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County advisory panel, and the Millennium Campus Network board of directors. He earned his AB in English from Colgate University, his MA in liberal arts from St. John’s College (MD), and his doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Judith Maxwell Greig has led Notre Dame de Namur University (CA) since January 2008, first as acting president and then as president. Over the past 25 years, she has served the institution as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, dean of the School of Education and Leadership, and executive vice president and provost. Earlier, Greig was a lecturer at San Jose State University and an elementary and middle school teacher. She has served on accreditation teams for the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Greig currently serves on the board of directors of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the executive board of California Campus Compact, and the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. She holds a BA in education from Wheaton College (IL), an MA in reading education from Santa Clara University, and an MA in philosophy and a PhD in the philosophy of education from Stanford University.

CIC Executive Committee (2016–2018)

The following officers were elected to CIC’s Executive Committee, with terms ending in January 2018.
Thomas L. Hellie
President, Linfield College (OR)
Vice Chair for Programs
Lynn Pasquerella*
President, Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Joseph J. McGowan**
President, Bellarmine University (KY)
Secretary and Vice Chair for Membership
Billy C. Hawkins
President, Talladega College (AL)
Vice Chair for Resource Development
Pamela Gunter-Smith
President, York College of Pennsylvania
Vice Chair for Public Information
Robert Gervasi
President, Quincy University (IL)
Vice Chair for Investment
John B. Wilson
President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey
Past Chair
Chris Kimball
President, California Lutheran University
Ex Officio
Richard Ekman
President, Council of Independent Colleges (DC)

CIC Congratulates Pasquerella*

CIC and its Board of Directors congratulate Executive Committee member Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College, on her selection as president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She will assume her new duties on July 1, 2016.


Joseph J. McGowan, who was elected as treasurer of the CIC Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, passed away unexpectedly on March 1. CIC President Richard Ekman issued the statement below.

My colleagues and I at CIC are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Bellarmine University (KY) President Joseph (Jay) McGowan, who passed away on March 1. We extend our deepest sympathies to the McGowan family and Bellarmine University community.

Jay was a very successful president over a long tenure. He twice served on the CIC Board of Directors, from January 2009 to January 2012, and in January 2016 he was elected as treasurer of the CIC Board. As one of the more seasoned and experienced presidents, he provided CIC staff and Board members with invaluable advice and counsel on the myriad challenges facing independent higher education. Jay also was a regular participant in CIC’s annual Presidents Institute and frequently addressed his colleague presidents on important issues.

Jay was an extraordinary leader, passionate educator, and dedicated servant of independent higher education. He cared deeply about strengthening programs and services for first-generation and low-income students and was actively engaged in CIC programs to enhance the retention and graduation rates of these students. In addition, because of Jay’s commitment to CIC, the Bellarmine faculty and staff have over the years actively participated in several CIC leadership and professional development programs.

We will miss Jay as a steady voice of reason in higher education and as a good friend and colleague.