CIC Presents 2015 Academic Leadership Awards

11/8/2015 — Washington, DC

​​​​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) announced the recipients of its top annual academic and leadership awards for 2015. Elizabeth H. Tobin, provost and dean of the college at Illinois College, was recognized with the 2015 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award. The Council’s 2015 Academic Leadership Award was presented to John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

The awards ceremony took place at the CIC Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Advancement Officers, held November 7–10 in Baltimore, Maryland. The honors were conferred by the chief academic officers of CIC’s 645 member colleges and universities.
Tobin was awarded the 2015 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award in recognition of her significant support of colleagues at independent colleges and universities. She served for three years as a coordinator of the CIC Mentor Program for new CAOs, helping many of her colleagues as they began their tenure in this position. In addition, Tobin has made numerous presentations at the Institute for Chief Academic Officers on a variety of topics that reflect her interest and expertise in issues of faculty workload, curriculum reorganization, and the equitable treatment of part-time faculty members. CIC President Richard Ekman congratulated Tobin for her “exceptional contributions to academic leadership” and thanked her for helping “literally hundreds of independent colleges and universities nationwide.”
Churchill received CIC’s 2015 Academic Leadership Award for his role as a leading national advocate for liberal arts education as an intrinsic good and as preparation for a life of purpose, value, meaning, and civic responsibility. In announcing the award, Ekman said, “John’s leadership of the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 2001 has promoted a higher level of educational aspiration on campuses nationwide, and a noteworthy increase in quality.” Ekman added that Churchill’s “guidance of the Society’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative has enhanced the national conversation about the value of a liberal arts education.” In recognition of his unfailing devotion to the liberal arts and liberal arts colleges and universities, the chief academic officers of the Council of Independent Colleges paid tribute to Churchill’s contributions and honored his distinguished record of achievement.

​The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 755 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 conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.​