Additional Features

The Presidents Institute offers a range of additional program features.

Welcoming Reception and Dinner
Wednesday, January 4, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Following the keynote address, a combination reception and buffet dinner provides an inviting setting to greet old friends and meet new ones.

All-Institute Reception
Thursday, January 5, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity—between afternoon workshops or excursions and evening dinners—to connect informally with colleagues. Presidents, spouses, guests, sponsors, and all other Institute participants are welcome.

Dine-Around Dinners
Thursday, January 5, 6:30 p.m.

A CIC tradition, the Dine-Around Dinners afford presidents, spouses, speakers, and sponsors the opportunity to join colleagues for conversation over dinner. Institute participants may sign up for one of the groups onsite at the CIC Registration Desk. CIC arranges transportation; each person pays his or her share of the meal at the restaurant.

Awards Reception and Banquet
Friday, January 6, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

CIC will honor leading educators and friends of private higher education at the annual Awards Reception and Banquet.
Allen P. Splete Award for Outstanding Service
Gordon Winston
Award for Philanthropy (Individual)
T. Jerome and Carolyn Rae McGonigle Holleran
Award for Philanthropy (Organization)
Oishei Foundation
Guests for Awards Banquet
Presidents may invite special guests—such as trustees, donors, alumni, or other friends—to the Awards Reception and Banquet. Please register guests using the online registration form. The cost is $135 per guest, with a maximum of four guests per president.
Note: Banquet charges for presidents and spouses who register for the Presidents Institute are included in the Institute registration fee. Separate charges for the Banquet are incurred only for Banquet guests.

Annual Business Meeting 
Saturday, January 7, 7:30–8:30 a.m.

CIC’s Annual Business Meeting takes place at the Presidents Institute. Breakfast will be available.
  • Chair’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Nominations Committee Chair’s Report
  • Membership Committee Chair’s Report
  • Special Reports:

    Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education and Past President, Holy Names University

    David L. Warren, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, January 5, 7:15–8:15 a.m.

Developing International Partnerships
Learn about student and faculty exchanges, semesters abroad, and other international collaboration from presidents of CIC member institutions located outside of the United States.
  • Erik O. Nielsen, President, Franklin College Switzerland
Understanding the Digital Mindset Generation
Results of the 2011 Students and Parents Perception Survey will be discussed. Approximately 10,000 sophomores, juniors, and seniors and their parents were questioned to ascertain emerging trends in their approaches to the college selection process.
  • Raquel Bermejo, Director of Research, RuffaloCODY
Friday, January 6, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
Communicating Effectively with Inside Higher Ed
An editor of Inside Higher Ed will discuss how the online publication determines which issues to cover, the best ways to reach reporters, news items of interest from small and mid-sized colleges and universities, and story ideas from campus leaders.
  • Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)
NetVUE seeks to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation by students and faculty and staff members at independent colleges and universities. Learn about CIC’s network and ways your institution can benefit from NetVUE programs and services.
  • Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor for NetVUE, CIC

Associated Meetings of Affiliated Groups and Other Organizations

  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Foundation for Independent Higher Education State Executives
  • Georgia Independent College Association
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana
  • Kansas Independent College Association and Fund
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • New American Colleges and Universities
  • Nonmember Presidents and Presidents Attending the Institute for the First Time
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program Past Participants
  • Presidents of Colleges and Universities in Covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Presidents of International Colleges and Universities
  • Project Pericles
  • United Methodist Presidents
  • Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Women’s College Coalition


Presidents will have opportunities to schedule individual appointments with selected experts. Sign up will be available at the CIC Registration Desk during the event.