Keith Cushing

Vice President for Research, Administration, and Member Services


Keith Cushing, Vice President for Research, Administration, and Member Services at the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), leads a team focused on research, collaboration, and advocacy on behalf of 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York State.  

Keith is a business analytics professional with experience in all aspects of data cleansing and processing, marketing research, management consulting, and higher education. He fosters collaborative arrangements between private colleges and universities and the business community.

Prior to joining CICU, Keith worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on a team that designed, developed, delivered, and supported a campus-wide data warehouse.

Before joining RPI, Keith worked at Mercer Management Consulting (Oliver Wyman), first as a marketing research analyst and later as a project manager and consultant on client engagements for several Fortune 500 companies.

Keith earned a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.