Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities Names New Board Members

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Nine Presidents of Private, Not-For-Profit Colleges and Universities in New York to Join CICU Board

ALBANY – The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities has named nine college presidents to join its Board of Trustees. CICU’s 24-member board is comprised primarily of presidents of member institutions as well as representatives of CICU’s sister organization, the Council of Governing Boards, which represents university trustees.

The new members of CICU’s Board of Trustees are:

  • Christine Riordan, President, Adelphi University

  • Alicia Ouellette, President, Albany Law School

  • Ron Chesbrough, President, Cazenovia College

  • Rebecca Greer, Dean, Montefiore School of Nursing

  • David Van Zandt, President, The New School

  • Rev. James Maher, President, Niagara University

  • Cathy Dove, President, Paul Smith’s College Arts and Sciences

  • Gerard Rooney, President, St. John Fisher College

  • Laura Casamento, President, Utica College

CICU has represented the public policy interests of New York’s 100-plus private, not-for-profit colleges and universities for more than 60 years. CICU advocates at the state and federal levels for funding for student aid and other programs that help students achieve their college dreams.

“I am grateful that nine of my esteemed colleagues from across New York have agreed to join the CICU Board of Trustees. The varying perspectives and experiences they bring to our board will be a tremendous benefit and will help our ongoing advocacy for New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities and our students,” said Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University and chair of CICU’s Board of Trustees.

“For decades CICU has offered New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities a collective voice to advocate for public policy that promotes student choice, college access and affordability and the power of higher education to generate economic activity and create jobs. The addition of these nine college and university leaders to our Board of Trustees will enable CICU to continue this important work and will add invaluable insight to our organization,” said Mary Beth Labate, CICU president.

The nine new members of CICU’s Board of Trustees were elected during a March meeting and participated in their first meeting as members of the Board of Trustees on April 26, 2018.

About the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York

Founded in 1956, The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor’s degrees (51%), master’s degrees (73%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (79%) earned in New York state.