Additional Program Features

The Presidents Institute offers a range of additional program features.

Presidents Governance Academy
Saturday, January 3, 8:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 4, 7:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
CIC’s Presidents Governance Academy is a new and distinctive program for CIC member presidents designed to strengthen governance policies and practices and to sustain effective president-board relations. This two-day intensive and highly participatory workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about both time-tested and new approaches to strengthening board membership, organization, and effectiveness, including the board’s relationship with the president and with other constituencies. The Academy is unique in that it focuses exclusively on the perspective of the independent college president and, while it respects the division of authority on which shared governance depends, the Academy starts with the premise that the president must have both the tools and the mandate to exercise effective leadership. CIC’s Presidents Governance Academy will be offered twice in 2015. The first Academy will be held immediately preceding the 2015 Presidents Institute. The second Academy will be held July 27–28, 2015, at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California. The Presidents Governance Academy is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Please note that separate registration is needed for the Presidents Governance Academy. Additional information and online registration are available at

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
Monday, January 5, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
(Sponsored by The Lawlor Group, Inc.)

Campus Facilities Planning
A fresh approach to planning campus facilities will be discussed. The conveners will describe improvements that can have the greatest impact on recruitment and retention of students.
Steven R. DiSalvo, President, Saint Anselm College
Stephen B. Sproles, Partner, Derck & Edson
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.
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Faculty Union Organizing at Private Colleges
Presidents will have the opportunity to discuss the recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board regarding the organization of full-time and tenure-track faculty at private colleges and universities into unions, including the potential implications of the Pacific Lutheran University case for other institutions. The discussion also will consider the union organization of adjunct professors at private institutions.
Devorah A. Lieberman, President, University of La Verne
Michigan Promise: A Model for Scholarship Aid
Scholarship programs based on the Kalamazoo Promise are springing up across the county but typically exclude independent institutions. The Kalamazoo Promise recently expanded to 15 private colleges and universities in Michigan. How does this scholarship program work, and how did Michigan set a precedent?
Robert P. Bartlett, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance
Rethinking Organizational Structure
This discussion invites presidents to share the organizational structures of their institutions as well as the composition, function, and meeting schedules of key administrative groups, such as the cabinet. Pros and cons of various structures will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their institutional organization charts.
Peter E. Millet, President, Stillman College
Tuition Resets: What Have We Learned?
What has been learned from institutions that have lowered their tuition? Results from a study include changes to the applicant pool and enrollment as well as changes to the financial aid strategy, discount rate, and net tuition revenue. Discussion topics will include ways that the price reset was implemented for continuing students and the long-term impact of the price cut.
Lucie Lapovsky, Principal, Lapovsky Consulting
Yes We Must Coalition: College Success for All
Independent colleges strive to increase the degree attainment of students from low-income backgrounds. Discuss how the Yes We Must Coalition is supporting independent institutions that enroll a high percentage of low-income students, thereby contributing to national goals.
Gloria Nemerowicz, Founder and President, Yes We Must Coalition, and Former President, Pine Manor College

Tuesday, January 6, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
(Sponsored by the Registry for College and University Presidents)
Developing Interfaith Cooperation on Campus
An increasing number of colleges and universities are considering how best to respond to the expanding religious diversity on campus. Conveners will share practical strategies for connecting interfaith cooperation with the college’s mission and strategy. Presidents who are new to or seasoned in interfaith initiatives are invited to participate in the discussion.
Katie Bringman Baxter, Vice President for Institutional Engagement, Interfaith Youth Core
Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core
Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)
NetVUE is a nationwide network of more than 180 colleges and universities administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. to foster the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among college students. Learn about CIC’s network and discuss the benefits of participation in NetVUE programs and services.
Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor for NetVUE, CIC
Shared Governance Roles
Shared governance can lead to ambiguity about who makes what kinds of decisions on campus. Presidents will share models of decision making by the board, the faculty, and the president and discuss the pros and cons of various approaches.
Thomas J. Botzman, President, Misericordia University
Judith Maxwell Greig, President, Notre Dame de Namur University
Succession Planning and Presidential Transitions
The quality and stability of presidential transitions can have a significant impact on the vitality of independent colleges. What issues do presidents need to consider in preparing the way for their successors? The discussion will address aspects of the transition process, from creating a culture of professional development and preparing candidates for greater responsibility to the search process and the transition to an internal candidate once named.
Daniel J. Carey, President Emeritus, Edgewood College
Scott Flanagan, President, Edgewood College
The Transformational Presidency
How can college presidents manage transformational change while promoting the liberal arts as a competitive advantage? Presenters will discuss a framework for the process of change and examples of actual cases.
Edward Sirianno, President, Creative Communication Associates
Kent C. Trachte, President, Lycoming College
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings prominent nonacademic professionals to campuses for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 45 years Fellows’ residencies have enriched thousands of campus communities. Learn more about CIC’s program and how a campus can arrange to host a Fellow.
Roger Bowen, Senior Advisor and Director, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, CIC

Presidents will have the opportunity to schedule individual appointments with selected experts. Please sign up at the CIC Registration Desk during the Institute.
Board Relations
Richard T. (Tom) Ingram, Senior Advisor for President-Board Relations, CIC, and Former President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Douglas M. Orr, President Emeritus, Warren Wilson College
CIC Key Indicators Tool and Financial Indicators Tool Benchmarking Reports
Michael Williams, President, The Austen Group
Endowment Management
Michael V. Collins, Director, Endowment and Foundation Services, TIAA-CREF Trust Company
Interim Executive Placement
Bryan E. Carlson, President, Registry for College and University Presidents
Presidential Compensation and Benefits
Frank A. Casagrande, President, Casagrande Consulting, LLC
Rian M. Yaffe, Founder and Chairman, Yaffe & Company, Inc.
Presidential Contracts
Raymond D. Cotton, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Retirement Planning and Wealth Management
TIAA-CREF Counselors

Meetings of Affiliated Groups and Other Organizations
Sunday, January 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Convener: Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College (WV)

Monday, January 5, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
Lutheran Educational Conference of North America
Convener: William E. Hamm, President
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Conveners: Jim Carr, President, NAIA, and  John C. Reynders, President, Morningside College
Nonmember Presidents and Member Presidents Attending the Institute for the First Time
Convener: Chris Kimball, President, California Lutheran University, and Chair, CIC Board of Directors
Project Pericles Presidents
Convener: Lyle D. Roelofs, President, Berea College
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Convener: Rolf Wegenke, President
NetVUE Focus Group
(By invitation only)
Convener: Barbara Gombach, Program Evaluator, NetVUE

Monday, January 5, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Lunch Meeting of Executive Officers of CIC State Fund Members
Convener: A. Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Lunch Meeting of Women’s College Coalition Board
Convener: Marilyn Hammond, Interim President

Monday, January 5, 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and Annual Members Meeting of Women’s College Coalition
Convener: Marilyn Hammond
Kansas Independent College Association and Fund Dinner
Convener: Matthew E. Lindsey, President
Yes We Must Coalition Dinner
Convener: Gloria Nemerowicz, Founder and President

Tuesday, January 6, 7:15–8:15 a.m.
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Convener: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Convener: Michael C. Maxey, President, Roanoke College
Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities
Convener: Adam Samhouri, Director of Operations, New Ventures of Regis University
Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program Past Participants
Conveners: B. David Rowe, President, Centenary College of Louisiana, and Jodi Rowe, Presidential Spouse, Centenary College of Louisiana
Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Convener: Billy C. Hawkins, President, Talladega College
Presidents of International Colleges and Universities
Convener: David G. Horner, President, American College of Greece
Presidents of Very Small Colleges and Universities (Under 600 FTE)
Convener: Susan E. Henking, President, Shimer College

Tuesday, January 6, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Lunch Meeting for Independent Colleges of Indiana
Convener: Richard L. Ludwick, President and CEO
Lunch Meeting for North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Convener: A. Hope Williams, President

Wednesday, January 7, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
New American Colleges and Universities
Convener: Mark A. Heckler, President, Valparaiso University

Wednesday, January 7, 1:00–6:00 p.m.
American Academic Leadership Institute Board of Directors
Convener: Thomas R. Kepple, President

Wednesday, January 7, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities
Convener: Gordon Bietz, President, Southern Adventist University

Wednesday, January 7, 6:30 p.m.
American Academic Leadership Institute Board of Directors Dinner
Convener: Thomas R. Kepple, President

Thursday, January 8, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
New American Colleges and Universities
Convener: Mark A. Heckler

Thursday, January 8, 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities
Convener: Gordon Bietz

Friday, January 9, 8:00 a.m.–Noon
New American Colleges and Universities
Convener: Mark A. Heckler

Friday, January 9, 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities
Convener: Gordon Bietz

Saturday, January 10, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities
Convener: Gordon Bietz

Other Events

Sunday, January 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Welcoming Dinner
(Cosponsored by Collegis Education and Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates)

Following the keynote address, a combination reception and buffet dinner will provide an inviting setting to greet old friends and meet new ones.
Monday, January 5, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
All-Institute Reception
(Co-sponsored by Gonser Gerber LLP and Yaffe & Company, Inc.)

This is an opportunity—between the workshops and excursions of the afternoon and dinner—to connect informally with colleagues. All Institute participants are welcome.
Tuesday, January 6, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Awards Reception*
(Sponsored by National Management Resources Corporation)

Tuesday, January 6, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Awards Banquet*
(Sponsored by Sodexo)

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
W. Robert Connor

Award for Philanthropy (Individual)
Roger Mudd

Award for Philanthropy (Organization)
James S. Kemper Foundation
*Please note: Presidents may invite special guests—such as trustees,
donors, alumni, or other friends—to the Awards Reception and
Banquet. Banquet charges for presidents and spouses and partners
who register for the Presidents Institute are included in the Institute
registration fee. Separate charges for the Banquet are incurred only for
Banquet guests. The cost is $150 per guest, with a maximum of four
guests per president.

Wednesday, January 7, 7:30–8:30 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting is open to all member presidents. Breakfast will be available.
Chair’s Report
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Nominations Committee Report
Secretary and Membership Committee Report
Special Reports:
Update on CIC’s Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education Campaign
S. Georgia Nugent, Senior Fellow, CIC, and President Emerita, Kenyon College
CIC Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program Update
Roger Bowen, Senior Advisor and Director, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, CIC
Interim Report of the Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education
Chris Kimball, Chair, CIC Board of Directors, and President, California Lutheran University, and Elizabeth A. Fleming, President, Converse College
Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
David L. Warren, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities