Hotel and Travel

Update: Overflow Hotel
The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, the main hotel for the Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Financial Officers, is now completely sold out. CIC recommends an overflow hotel that is located about one block away from The Hilton.
The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway at Salmon
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 241-4100 Phone
(503) 790-7110 Fax
Rate: $172 single/double

Participants should contact The Heathman directly to make hotel arrangements. When calling, please ask for the Council of Independent Colleges block. The reservations office will be happy to assist with your accommodations.  You may also reserve your room online.

Please note that The Heathman’s reservation deadline is Wednesday, October 22. 2014.

All program sessions of the Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Financial Officers will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 226-1611
Room Rate: $163 single/double
Hotel Cut-off Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reservations can be booked online or by calling (800) 445-8667 or (503) 226-1611. When calling, please state that you are with the Council of Independent Colleges CAO-CFO Institute to receive the discounted conference rate. Reservations made after the cut-off date cannot be guaranteed at the conference rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.
The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower hotel, situated in the heart of downtown, is surrounded by restaurants, tax-free shopping, and entertainment venues. Walk a block from the hotel to the MAX Light Rail system for quick and easy access to popular Portland attractions, nearby cities, and Portland International Airport.

Driving Directions
The Portland International Airport (PDX) is located about ten miles from the hotel. Upon leaving the airport, turn right on Highway 205 South. Turn right on Interstate 84 West for approximately four miles. Follow signs to City Center/Morrison Street. Go over Morrison Bridge and keep straight for five blocks. Turn left on SW Broadway Street. Turn left on Salmon Street. Turn left on SW 6th Avenue, and the hotel will be on the left.

Overnight valet parking is available at the hotel at $32 per night.
Taxi service is available from the airport to the hotel for a fare of about $35 (one way).
Shuttle Service
Blue Star provides shared ride van shuttle service (multiple passengers/stops) to and from Portland International Airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 247-2272 or online.

The fare is $14 one way per person or $24 round trip per person.
MAX Lightrail System
Board the MAX Red Line to City Center and Beaverton Transit Center. Get off at the Pioneer Square North MAX Station. The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower is about a five-minute walk south. View website.

$2.50 one way per person
Dress Guidelines
Business casual wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the opening keynote address and reception and buffet dinner on Saturday, November 1. If you plan to participate in any of the optional excursions, please be sure to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bring along a hat and sunglasses.
Continuing Professional Education Information
Programming for the 2014 CIC Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Financial Officers was developed in partnership with NACUBO. At the conclusion of the Institute, participants will be able to apply for CPE credits and print CPE certificates through the NACUBO website. CPE certificates will be available from NACUBO on or after December 1, 2014. Participants will be awarded an estimated 14 CPE credits in various categories, including Business Management and Organization, Finance, Personnel/HR, and Specialized Knowledge and Applications, for participating in the plenary and concurrent sessions of the Institute.

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Note: No prerequisites and/or advance preparation are required for continuing professional education credits. Course Level: Advanced. Course level definitions are available at

Additional Attractions: The Best of Portland

International Rose Test Garden
Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy the sights and scents of the gardens. The garden’s spectacular views and more than 8,000 roses make it one of the city’s most notable signature landmarks.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
A year-round wonder, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is an authentically built Ming Dynasty style garden. Covered walkways, bridges, pavilions, and a richly planted landscape frame a picturesque lake in this urban oasis built by artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou. Public and audio tours are available, and the garden’s teahouse serves light snacks and traditional teas.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
One of the nation’s leading science museums, OMSI is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Located on the east bank of the Willamette River, it houses five enormous halls that bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. One can experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in the Empirical Theater, explore the universe in a world-class planetarium, and even tour a real submarine.
Oregon Zoo
At the Oregon Zoo, one can travel around the world in an afternoon, observing more than 2,000 animals from around the world, from agouti (a rainforest rodent) to zebra. This conservation zoo is renowned for its Asian elephant breeding program.
Pittock Mansion
High in the West Hills of Portland, Pittock Mansion soars 1,000 feet above the city’s skyline. A century-old symbol of Portland’s dramatic transformation from a small lumber town to a bustling city, it is an architectural wonder. With picture-perfect views of rivers, forests, bridges, and mountaintops—and 23 storied rooms teeming with treasures—no other place in town offers a more breathtaking view or a more revealing glimpse of Portland’s past.
Portland Art Museum
Find out why the oldest museum in the Northwest, the Portland Art Museum, is internationally renowned for exciting art experiences. Located in the heart of the cultural district, the museum campus includes an outdoor sculpture court and historical interiors. Tour the world and travel through history in magnificent permanent collection galleries (featuring an extensive collection of Native American art), six stories of modern art, and special exhibitions. In 2015, the Museum will host a seminar for faculty members who teach art history at CIC member institutions.
Portland Japanese Garden
In the scenic hills above Washington Park, the Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty that has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Encompassing 5.5 acres and five separate garden styles, the garden includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and an unsurpassed view of Mount Hood.
Portland Saturday Market
Enjoy a distinctive experience at Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them and enjoy live music and international snacks.
Powell’s City of Books
From humble storefront beginnings in 1971, Powell’s has grown into a Portland landmark and one of the world’s great bookstores. Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books offers more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Get a cup of coffee at the in-store coffee shop, grab a map to the nine color-coded rooms, and lose yourself in the largest used and new bookstore on Earth.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
In 1999, Stumptown Coffee took Portland caffeine lovers by storm. What started as a single roastery on Southeast Division Street quickly expanded to the rest of Portland and, more recently, New York City and Seattle. Stumptown emphasizes direct trade and highlights the different flavor profiles of coffee varietals. Although grabbing a latte from Stumptown may take longer than going to Starbucks, the gorgeous latte art, not to mention the singularly Portland vibe, will more than make up for it.
Voodoo Doughnut
Located in Old Town’s popular nightlife district, Voodoo Doughnut is one of the city’s most unusual and delicious culinary destinations. The doughnuts, topped with creative ingredients such as bacon, Captain Crunch, and Oreos, are almost as fun to look at as they are to eat. Locals and visitors line up 24-hours a day for what may be the most innovative doughnuts in the world.