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In a move that was unprecedented in the history of CIC, it has become necessary to relocate the 2018 Presidents Institute to a new venue. It will now be held at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, instead of the JW Marriott Marco Island Hotel in Marco Island, Florida. The reason for this extraordinary move was extensive renovations being undertaken at the JW Marriott Marco Island would not be completed as promised. Rick Medwedeff, the JW Marriot Marco Island’s general manager, was as dismayed by this development as CIC was and has pledged to do everything that he and his staff can to make the transition smooth and to “work tirelessly to regain the confidence of both the Council of Independent Colleges and attendees of the Presidents Institute, as we very much want to welcome your group back to Marco Island in the future.” View the text of his notice.

On September 12, CIC President Richard Ekman alerted CIC member presidents and other CIC Presidents Institute attendees of the change in venue and promised to make the transition to the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood as smooth as possible for participants in the Institute. On September 19, Richard Ekman sent a follow-up email outlining arrangements for the Presidents Institute including information on the transfer of hotel reservations and the reimbursement of travel adjustment costs.

If you have questions related to the change in Presidents Institute venue, please feel free to call the CIC office at (202) 466-7230. Sherita Ashmon, conference manager (, is the main contact for Institute registration; Allison Blackburn, director of conferences (, for hotel reservations and event cancellations; Christoph Kunkel, senior vice president and chief of staff (, for relocation expense reimbursement; Hal Hartley, senior vice president (, for Presidents Institute program questions; and Kathy Whatley, senior vice president (, for questions about the Spouses and Partners Program.