CICU Board of Trustees Convenes Search Committee to Select Next CICU President

The CICU Board of Trustees has convened a search committee to select the association's next president. The committee will be comprised of the CICU Board of Trustees' Executive Committee. 

CICU Board of Trustees Executive Committee

  • Christine Riordan, Chair
    President, Adelphi University
  • Margaret Drugovich, Vice Chair
    President, Hartwick College
  • Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Secretary
    President, St. Francis College
  • Laura Casamento, Treasurer
    President, Utica College
  • Shirley Collado
    President, Ithaca College
  • Anthony Collins
    President, Clarkson University
  • Fr. James Maher
    President, Niagara University
  • David Munson
    President, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Alicia Ouelette
    President, Albany Law School

Background Information on the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) is a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of New York’s 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.

Founded in 1956, CICU's member institutions now account for 99 percent of the undergraduate and 96 percent of the graduate and first professional students enrolled at private colleges in New York. Although not a government agency, CICU is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Board of Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy.

In addition to the Independent Sector, New York’s higher education ecosystem includes two public sector systems – the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY). The Independent Sector, represented by CICU, enrolls 40 percent of college students in the state.

The Commission is the formal organizational liaison with the New York State Board of Regents, the State Commissioner of Education, and the chancellors of the State University (SUNY) and City University (CUNY); and with the proprietary sector. The Commission is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of chief executive officers or institutional trustees of member campuses who represent the diversity of the CICU membership in terms of institutional type, size, and geographic location.

In addition to advocating for public policy at the state and federal levels, CICU conducts an outreach operation on behalf of members focused on providing free college resources to students, families, and school counselors.

CICU coordinates its advocacy efforts with the Council of Governing Boards (CGB), a statewide association that represents the policy interests of more than 3,000 college and university trustees.

In its 64-year history, CICU has had eight presidents. The CICU president leads the organization’s day-to-day operations, oversees a small team, and spearheads the organization’s advocacy and outreach agendas on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

Job Description

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