CICU Holds 66th Annual Meeting, Elects New Officers and Board Members

News Date: 3/2/2022

Advocacy, equity, and access to student aid remain CICU’s top priority

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 1, 2021) – The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York (CICU) held its 2022 Annual Meeting today. The 66th Annual Meeting included an opening message from CICU President Lola W. Brabham as well as presentations on education policy from state and federal officials and higher education experts. CICU also welcomed new members to the Board of Trustees, in addition to announcing newly elected officers and committee chairs.

CICU has served as the collective voice of New York’s Independent Sector for nearly seven decades. Comprised of 110 members that enroll 40 percent of college students in New York, CICU continues to advocate for higher education that can serve all students.

“Thank you to the college presidents who have joined CICU’s Board of Trustees for taking on such an important leadership role.  I look forward to the diversity of perspectives and wealth of experience they bring on higher education issues, including healthcare and educator preparation programs, innovation and workforce development, and social equity. Each president on CICU’s Board of Trustees is a valuable voice at the table and represents CICU’s mission and values,” said CICU President Lola W. Brabham.

The 11 newly elected members of the Board of Trustees will all serve until 2025:

  • Thomas Bailey, Teachers College
  • Leon Botstein, Bard College
  • Frances Bronet, Pratt Institute
  • Anthony Crowell, New York Law School
  • Bassam Deeb, Trocaire College
  • Sharon DeVivo, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Dwight McBride, The New School
  • Elizabeth Paul, Nazareth College
  • Shael Polakow-Suransky, Bank Street College of Education
  • Varinya Sheppard, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
  • Marcia White, The College of Saint Rose

Click here to read bios of CICU's entire Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees also elected the following trustees to serve as officers and committee chairs:





David Munson

Rochester Institute of Technology

Vice Chair 1

David Harris

Union College

Vice Chair 2

Laura Sparks

Cooper Union

Treasurer / Finance & Administrative Committee Chair

Joanne Passaro

Metropolitan College


Lorrie Clemo

D’Youville University

Nominating Committee Chair

Elizabeth Bradley

Vassar College

Audit & Compensation Committee Chair

Joyce Jacobsen

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

“Collectively, we use our voice to advocate for vital student aid, equity, and access to programs that support educators, healthcare professionals, and other future leaders. Our work aims to provide opportunity and access to higher education through fairness, equity, and humanity. CICU members are empowering students, navigating discovery, and driving economic impact. There is so much more we can accomplish together, and I look forward to what the future holds,” said President Brabham.