CIC Announces Appointment of Vice President for Development

4/12/2016 — Washington, DC

​​The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) today announced that David Brailow has joined the CIC staff as Vice President for Development. Brailow comes to CIC from Franklin College in Indiana, where he has served since 2001 as vice president for academic affairs. He will begin his full-time duties at CIC in August 2016, when Barbara Hetrick retires from her position as full-time Senior Vice President.

“David has had much relevant experience in development, having been responsible for successful grant proposals to many foundations over the years. He is very familiar with the range of issues that CIC colleges are facing, as well as many of CIC’s programs,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “He has been a mentor for chief academic officers in CIC’s New CAO Workshop, is a regular participant in and frequent presenter at CIC’s annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers, and was instrumental in Franklin College’s involvement in several CIC initiatives. As a seasoned professional with strong leadership qualities and an outstanding record of success, he will be a significant resource and valuable source of support for CIC.”

In his role as vice president for academic affairs at Franklin College, Brailow has been actively involved in fundraising for the college. He has been responsible for planning and implementing the academic program of the college, developing a wide range of new programs, and leading the faculty to adopt a new curriculum in the liberal arts. In addition, he implemented faculty development programming to enhance the intellectual life of the campus and to improve student learning, and he designed and implemented a new program review and academic assessment system.

Earlier, Brailow was associate dean at McKendree University where he administered the faculty development program, revised the general education program, directed the integrated studies program, and earlier chaired the Division of Language, Literature, and Communication.

His interests outside academe include having served as a member of the boards of directors for the Indianapolis Opera; Franklin Study Connection, an organization that provides after school mentoring for at-risk children; and a local arts organization. Additionally, Brailow currently serves as a sponsor and group leader for FOCUS, a college community service event.

Brailow earned his BA in English from Amherst College and his PhD in English from the University of Oregon. His early publications focused mostly on Shakespeare. More recently he has written and given conference presentations about assessment, shortening the curricular reform process, first-generation students, and summer bridge programs.


​​​​​​​​The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 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.​