CIC Board Elects Two Executive Committee Members

Board News

During the June 2016 meeting in Washington, DC, the CIC Board of Directors elected two members as officers to serve on its Executive Committee. MaryAnn Baenninger, president of Drew University (NJ), was elected as vice chair for programs, replacing Lynn Pasquerella who assumed her new duties as president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities on July 1. Robert C. Helmer, president of Baldwin Wallace University (OH), was elected treasurer. Baenninger and Helmer’s terms on the CIC Executive Committee will end in January 2018. The CIC Board of Directors also recognized three Board members whose terms were concluding: Jennifer L. Braaten, president of Ferrum College (VA) (2014–2016); Kurt Kuehn, CFO (retired) of UPS (2010–2016); and Lynn Pasquerella (2015–2016).


CIC in the News

Journalists continue to interview CIC President Richard Ekman about college business models, enrollment trends, and financial issues. 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); the Inside Higher Ed story, “The Department and St. Catharine” (June 2); and the Money magazine article, “Yes, You Can Get a College to Cut Its Tuition Price” (March 31).
Ekman 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 postsecondary higher education.
Two articles recently discussed CIC’s Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction: The Georgia-based Telegraph piece, “Wesleyan Chosen for National Online Program” (May 6), and the Iowa-based Telegraph Herald story, “Consortium Allows Clarke to Expand Humanities Offerings” (April 30).
The Hartford Courant article, “St. Joe’s, UB Cut Costs for Students Next Fall,” (April 24) quoted CIC Senior Vice President Hal Hartley about higher education market trends.

Judy Phair, Lilia LaGesse, Laura Wilcox, Georgia Nugent, and Jeff Davis pose with the Silver Anvil award.
The Public Relations Society of America honored CIC’s Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education public information campaign with its top award, the Silver Anvil, on June 9 in New York City. Accepting the award on behalf of CIC are (l-r) Judy Phair, CIC senior advisor; Lilia M. LaGesse, CIC director of print and digital publications; Laura Wilcox, CIC vice president for communications; S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior advisor and president emerita of Kenyon College (OH); and Jeffrey Davis, principal of J. Davis Public Relations, LLC. The Silver Anvil is known as the icon of best public relations practices, and the awards program “honors organizations that have successfully addressed a contemporary public relations issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity, and resourcefulness.”


Staff News and Notes

Richard Ekman delivered the commencement address at St. Edward’s University (TX) in May. The university also presented Ekman with a doctor of humane letters degree, honoris causa, in “recognition of his achievements that include strengthening and supporting independent colleges and universities so that they can provide powerful educational opportunities for all students, regardless of belief or background.”
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (MN) hosted a conference, “Liberal Arts Illuminated: Pathways, Possibilities, Partnerships,” July 11–13, 2016. S. Georgia Nugent, CIC senior fellow who until recently also served as interim president of the College of Wooster (OH), and other leaders of CIC member institutions spoke at the conference.
After serving as executive director of State Council Programs and vice president of CIC since 2010, Ned Moore retired from his position in late June. He is now serving CIC as senior advisor, State Council Programs.
Carol Schuler became CIC’s vice president for State Council Programs in June. Previously, she served as vice president for development at Davis & Elkins College (WV), where she secured gifts for the college’s endowment, capital projects, and operations, and oversaw the launch of the college’s $100 million Secure the Future campaign. Schuler designed and led fundraising campaigns, organized major special events, and was the college’s principal liaison to Congressional offices. Earlier, she led the college’s communications and marketing, media relations, publications, and website initiatives. Schuler served as a member of the CIC Task Force that planned the 2015 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Advancement Officers and previously served on the CASE District II board of directors. She earned an MS in advertising from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a BA in journalism and mass communication from Purdue University, and began her studies at DePauw University (IN).
Jacalyn Cox retired from her position as director of State Council Programs in early June. Cox and Moore were members of the team that contributed to the smooth merger of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education into CIC.
Vanessa Long was promoted to manager of State Council Programs in June 2016 after serving as CIC’s conference and program coordinator since January 2015. In her new role she oversees the annual conference, grant initiatives, scholarship programs, and membership services for CIC’s State Councils.
Hollie Chessman was appointed director of research projects in May. Her responsibilities include CIC’s annual benchmarking reports, the Key Indicators Tool (KIT) and Financial Indicators Tool (FIT), “Making the Case” resources, and other research reports and projects. Previously, she was a graduate research associate at the American Council on Education and served in various student affairs positions in a variety of institutional settings, including at two CIC member institutions: Loyola University New Orleans (LA) and Lake Erie College (OH). She holds a PhD in education from George Mason University and a BS and MA in education from Kent State University.

Tabitha Truscott was appointed conference and program coordinator in May. She is the lead conference team member for the Institute for Chief Academic Officers and the NetVUE Conference, and she handles registrations, evaluations, and reimbursements for several other CIC workshops. Previously, Truscott served at the Airports Council International-North America as sponsorship and partnerships manager and was responsible for planning and executing events with up to several thousand participants. Earlier, she worked at the American Public Transportation Association as the conference and education department coordinator.


Sherita Ashmon was promoted to conference manager in June after serving as conference and program coordinator since November 2010. She continues to serve as the lead conference team member for the Presidents Institute and has responsibilities for several other CIC programs.​

Christoph Kunkel was promoted to senior vice president and chief of staff in July after serving as chief of staff and vice president for operations since fall 2012. He is responsible for CIC’s administrative and financial operations, plays a key role in shaping CIC’s technology and investment activities, and works closely with the CIC Board of Directors.
In July, Paula M. Miller was promoted to editorial and communications director after serving as editor and communications manager since March 2014. She has primary responsibility for editing CIC’s print and electronic publications.​

Kelsey A. Sherman was promoted to assistant to the president and liaison to the Board of Directors in July after serving as staff assistant to the president and the senior vice president since August 2014. She works with all aspects of CIC's Board of Directors and assists with fundraising from foundations as well as with several special projects.

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)
Trinity International University (IL)