2023 State Councils Annual Conference 4/30/2023 4/30/2023 4/30/20235/2/20235/2/20235/2/2023 Virginia Beach, VA

About the Conference

The Council of Independent Colleges’ 2023 State Councils Annual Conference will explore how State Councils can learn about effective fundraising strategies including attracting new donors, managing relationships with current donors, and an overview on tapping into corporate philanthropy. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear strategies and approaches related to effective communications and marketing to make the case for state associations and showcase the work of member institutions effectively. The three-day program will take place April 30–May 2, at the Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Annual Conference will provide state executives, fundraising officers, communications staff, and operations staff with face-to-face networking opportunities to share best practices with colleagues, in addition to informative fundraising and communications sessions. Participants will also have the opportunity to think innovatively and collaboratively about State Council work and its impact on independent higher education.

Preliminary Schedule

​Sunday, April 30

4:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

5:15 p.m.
Reception, followed by Dinner

7:00 p.m.
Networking Mixer

Monday, May 1

7:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m.
General Session

9:30 a.m.
General Session

11:00 a.m.
General Session

12:15 p.m.

1:45 p.m.
General Session

3:30 p.m.
General Session

4:15 p.m.
General Session

5:30 p.m.
Reception, followed by Dinner

7:00 p.m.
Networking Mixer

Tuesday, May 2

7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Opening Session

11:00 a.m.
Concluding Session and Closing Remarks

12:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch



  • Loni Bordoloi Pazich
    Loni Bordoloi Pazich
    Teagle Foundation
  • Colette Pierce Burnette
    Colette Pierce Burnette
    Huston-Tillotson University
  • Andy Chan
    Andy Chan
    Wake Forest University
  • Richard A. Detweiler
    Richard A. Detweiler
    Great Lakes Colleges Association
  • Adam W. Polacek
    Adam W. Polacek
  • Minor Mickel Shaw
    Minor Mickel Shaw
    Micco LLC

Registration Information

​To strengthen each team’s professional expertise and encourage broad attendance, CIC will offer a discounted registration fee for state executives and an additional discounted registration for the second registrants. Third registrants are able to attend at no cost. These discounts are made possible thanks to generous support from the conference sponsors: Academic Search, TIAA, and Credo.

First Registrant: $375
Second Registrant: $260
Third Registrant: $0

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Business casual clothing is appropriate throughout the conference.


Refunds will be made in full (less a $50 processing fee) for cancellations received more than ten business days prior to the conference for which participants have registered. Requests received fewer than five business days prior to the start of the conference are ineligible for a refund. Please send cancellation requests, in writing, to the attention of Alana Cassidy by email to acassidy@cic.edu. Registrations are transferable within state council organizations.

Hotel and Travel


​Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites

2800 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 481-9000

 Hotel Information

The 2023 CIC State Councils Annual Conference will be held at the Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites, conveniently located on the shores of the quieter Chesapeake Bay side of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 4-star business-friendly hotel opened in the fall of 2020 and offers amenities such as a 24-hour Business Center, valet and onsite self-parking, a restaurant, and a cafe. It is Virginia Beach’s only beachfront hotel, and it is one of the only locations in the area where you can watch both the sunrise and sunset over a private beach.

The hotel’s signature restaurant is The Tin Cup + Oyster Bar. This coastal eatery features American cuisine, seafood, and local oysters on the menu. The bar boasts a casual indoor environment and an outdoor patio area called Dune Deck that faces the Bay. The hotel’s cafe, Cafe 2800, is a full-service shop that provides grab-’n-go items like sandwiches and donuts, specialty drinks, and Starbucks coffee.  

The hotel is a 15-minute drive from the city’s boardwalk area and local attractions.

Hotel Reservations Deadline for CIC Rate:
March 22, 2023

Room Rate:
$149 single/double per night

Reservations may be booked online using CIC's hotel reservation link.
Hotel reservation inquiries also may be addressed directly to the hotel at (757) 481-9000. Please reference CIC State Councils Annual Conference 2023 when making reservations by phone. Reservations made after March 22 cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.



Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is approximately ten minutes from the Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites. Major airlines such as Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United service the airport and offer approximately 100 nonstop flights to major destinations across the country.

Onsite car rental desks are located in the Arrivals Terminal on Level 1. Rental pickup is located on Level G–Garage A and rental car return on Level 2–Garage A. Cab and ride-share fares from the airport may range between $20 and $30. The pickup location for cabs, Uber, and Lyft is located outside Door 5 in the Arrivals Terminal.


Amtrak service is available to Virginia Beach, VA. The closest train station is the Norfolk, Virginia (NFK) station. Amtrak-chartered motorcoach buses are available to bring you from the Norfolk, Virginia train station to the Virginia Beach, Virginia–Hampton Road transit bus stop. The bus stop is located approximately 16 minutes from the conference hotel.


The hotel offers daily onsite self-parking and valet options at $20 plus tax per vehicle, per night. Electric charging stations for electric cars are available.

For additional information on parking, please call the Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites at (757) 481-9000.




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Health and Safety

​CIC is committed to the health and safety of workshop participants. Please review the current CIC Health and Safety Guidelines and Requirements before registering for the conference.