CIC Welcomes New Board Directors, Executive Committee Members

The CIC Board of Directors elected ten new members during its January 4, 2018, meeting in Hollywood, Florida.



Jorge G. Gonzalez headshotJorge G. Gonzalez

Gonzalez became president of Kalamazoo College (MI) in July 2016. Previously, he was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Occidental College. Earlier, at Trinity University (TX), Gonzalez served as chair of the economics department for nine years, as special assistant to the president for two years, and as a faculty member for 21 years. Gonzalez has published extensively on such topics as foreign investment, undocumented immigration, and international trade in the Americas and has presented his research findings at conferences throughout the world. He has served on the board of the KIPP Aspire Academy-San Antonio, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos-San Antonio, and World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He is currently president of the board of the F. W. and Elsie L. Heyl Science Scholarship Fund and served as the president of the International Trade and Finance Association in 2014. Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and MA and PhD degrees in economics from Michigan State University.

Mark A. Heckler headshotMark A. Heckler

Heckler is the 18th president of Valparaiso University (IN). He previously served the University of Colorado Denver for more than a decade, including as provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the university. Earlier, Heckler was professor of fine arts and director of theatre at Siena College (NY), where he directed, acted, designed, or produced more than 100 productions across the world. Heckler has served as chair of the board of Independent Colleges of Indiana, Indiana Campus Compact, and New American Colleges and Universities (MD) and is past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and founder and co-director of ATHE’s Leadership Institute. He also is a member of the board of the Tuition Plan Consortium/Private College 529 Plan (MO) and the NCAA Pioneer Football League for non-scholarship football. Heckler earned a BA in communications, summa cum laude, at Elizabethtown College (PA), an MFA in drama at Catholic University, and a PhD in educational leadership and innovation from the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado.

Mary Dana Hinton headshot

Mary Dana Hinton

Hinton is the 15th president of the College of Saint Benedict (MN). Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College (NY). Since 2012, she has taught in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education doctoral program in higher education management. Hinton is chair of the Minnesota Private College Council and the Minnesota Private College Fund and a board member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (DC), the Women’s College Coalition (GA), the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, the Minnesota Campus Compact, and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. In 2017, she received the Bicentennial Medal from Williams College. Hinton earned a BA in psychology from Williams College, an MA in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University.


Elizabeth (Beth) L. Paul headshot Elizabeth (Beth) L. Paul

Paul is the 16th president of Capital University (OH). Previously, she served for seven years as the senior academic officer for Stetson University (FL). Before assuming the role of the university’s provost and executive vice president in 2015, Paul was provost and vice president for academic affairs and served as tenured professor of psychology. She also worked as vice provost and professor of psychology at the College of New Jersey, holding such positions as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs and interim vice president for student life. Earlier, she held a faculty position at Wellesley College and worked as a research associate at Harvard University. Paul was president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (DC) and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She also served as chair of CIC’s CAO Task Force. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in personality psychology, both from Boston University. She completed a predoctoral training fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health and earned a certificate in higher education administration from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.


Susan D. Stuebner headshot Susan D. Stuebner

Stuebner is the ninth president of Colby-Sawyer College (NH). Previously, she was the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Allegheny College (PA). For a decade, Stuebner served Lycoming College (PA) in senior-level administrative positions, including as vice president for administration and planning and executive assistant to the president. Stuebner has served as a teaching fellow for courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier, she held roles at Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Wheelock College (MA), and Albright College (PA). Currently, Stuebner serves on the executive committee of the New Hampshire College and University Council and on the NCAA Division III Membership Committee. She has served as a member of eight visiting teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Stuebner earned her AB in psychology from Dartmouth College and an EdM and EdD in administration, planning, and social policy with a concentration in higher education from Harvard University.



Michael C. Maxey headshotMichael C. Maxey

Maxey is president of Roanoke College (VA) and has served the college for 22 years in many capacities. He also serves on the executive committees of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (SD) and the Council of Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is past chair of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (IL). Maxey is a member of the board of directors of the Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators and of the board of trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He also is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia executive committee. Maxey was named Citizen of the Year by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and has twice been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Salem Rotary Club. He earned a bachelor of arts in history and a master’s degree in counselor education at Wake Forest University. He also earned a certificate of advanced graduate study in counselor education at the University of New Hampshire.

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble headshotElizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble

Stroble is president of Webster University (MO). Previously, she held academic and administrative appointments at the University of Akron, the University of Louisville, and Northern Arizona University. Stroble serves on the boards of many local and national organizations, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Trust, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis. As a member of CIC’s Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education steering committee, she hosted a Securing America’s Future workshop in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2017. Stroble earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from Augustana College (IL), two master of arts degrees, one in history and one in American and English literature, both from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a doctorate in curriculum studies from the University of Virginia.




J. Bradley Creed headshotJ. Bradley Creed

Creed began his duties as Campbell University’s (NC) fifth president in 2015. He previously served as provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University (AL). Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University (TX). He also served as the scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty and as visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Earlier in his career, Creed served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana. Creed received a BA in religion, cum laude, from Baylor University and earned his MDiv and Phd degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish-language program at Academia Hispano Americana in Mexico.

Elizabeth Davis headshotElizabeth Davis

Davis became Furman University’s (SC) 12th president in 2014. Previously, Davis spent 22 years at Baylor University (TX), where she was executive vice president and provost as well as vice provost for financial and academic administration, associate dean for undergraduate business programs, acting chair of the department of accounting and business law, and a member of the accounting faculty. Davis serves on the board of directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, is an honorary member of the board of governors of the Commerce Club, and is a member of the American Council on Education Women’s Network executive committee and the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission. She also is a member of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Greenville Business Magazine has recognized Davis repeatedly as one of Greenville’s “50 Most Influential People.” She received her bachelor of business administration degree from Baylor University and her PhD in accounting from Duke University.

Donald J. Farish headshotDonald J. Farish

Farish has led Roger Williams University (RI) since 2011. Previously, he served for 13 years as president of Rowan University. He also held academic and administrative positions at Sonoma State University, University of Rhode Island, and University of Missouri. Farish served as one of 20 sitting presidents and chancellors at a 2010 Presidential Roundtable organized by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education to discuss the future of higher education. In 2013, he was selected as chair of the executive board of Rhode Island Campus Compact, and Farish has served on the governing boards for the New England Council and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. He currently chairs the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Farish earned his BS in zoology from the University of British Columbia, an MS in entomology from North Carolina State University, a PhD in biology from Harvard University, and a JD from the University of Missouri.

CIC Executive Committee (2018–2020)

The following officers were elected to CIC’s Executive Committee, with terms ending in January 2020.


MaryAnn Baenninger
President, Drew University (NJ)


Katherine Bergeron
President, Connecticut College


Robert R. Lindgren
President, Randolph-Macon College (VA)


Lester C. Newman
President, Jarvis Christian College (TX)


Mary B. Marcy
President, Dominican University of California


Nayef H. Samhat
President, Wofford College (SC)


Barbara K. Mistick
President, Wilson College (PA)


Thomas L. Hellie
President, Linfield College (OR)


Richard Ekman
President, Council of Independent Colleges

Upcoming CIC Board of Directors Meetings

  • Board of Directors: June 14–15, Washington, DC
  • Executive Committee: October 5, Washington, DC
  • Board of Directors: January 4, 2019, Scottsdale, AZ

View the full Board of Directors roster.