CIC Presents 2014 Chief Academic Officer Award

11/12/2014 — Washington, DC

​​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) announced the recipient of its top academic award for 2014. Mark J. Braun, provost of Gustavus Adolphus College, is the winner of the 2014 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award in recognition of his contributions to colleagues at independent colleges and universities.

The award was presented at the CIC Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Financial Officers, held November 1–4 in Portland, Oregon. The honor was conferred by the chief academic officers of CIC’s 633 member colleges and universities.
Braun was awarded the 2014 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award for contributing significantly to academic leadership and enhancing the role and work of the private college chief academic officer. He has served both Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota (2011–present as provost and 1999–2007 as professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies) and Augustana College in South Dakota (2007–2011 as senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college). He has made numerous presentations at the Institute for Chief Academic Officers and at the CIC Workshops for Department and Division Chairs on mission-based financial planning and faculty mentoring and evaluation.
CIC President Richard Ekman congratulated Braun on his considerable achievements in academic leadership. “Your willingness to help other administrators interpret and construct budgets has benefited all of higher education,” he said. “Your eagerness to help new academic officers has greatly assisted the careers of hundreds of CAOs.”

​The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 750 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities.​