2016-2017 Affiliates


As higher education’s largest provider of managed technology services, Apogee helps colleges and universities align their technology goals within their strategic plans. Its comprehensive Managed Campus Suite includes campus-wide network services that connect the campus to enhance learning outcomes, video that transforms the way students learn, and new digital engagement technologies that captivate students. Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater return on their IT investments and increases student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability. Find out more at Apogee at


Contact: Lucas Seelig, Director of Business Development, 512-717-0846


Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives through innovative services in food, facilities management, and uniforms. Aramark Higher Education is dedicated to excellence in dining, facility and stadium and arena services. Aramark enhances the living and learning experience and environment for more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees make a meaningful difference each day for millions of people in 22 countries around the world. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Connect with Aramark on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Wayne Barnett, Director of Business Development, 267-314-4672

Arthur Gallagher & Co. - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

More than 300 higher education and research institutions across the United States rely on Baker Tilly to address strategic and tactical concerns. We deliver customized solutions for auditing, tax, and consulting needs from a dedicated higher education practice. Our industry focus in higher education assures clients that their engagements with Baker Tilly will always be staffed with qualified and experienced personnel. Our team’s knowledge of the unique higher education culture allows us to effectively collaborate with management, internal audit functions, boards, and audit committees.

Contact: Dave Capitano, National Practice Leader Higher Education, 610-927-4512; Ellen Labita, Partner - New York Higher Education Services, 631-719-3432

Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP

Collegis Education

Collegis is an enrollment growth management company with integrated marketing and technology solutions that help colleges and universities attract, enroll, and retain students.   Their customized solutions span the full lifecycle of the student journey - from marketing portfolio management and prospective student engagement to student experience and course development services.

Contact: Drew Melendres, Vice President of Partner Strategy, 512-784-6926

Couch White, LLP

Couch White, LLP is a full service law firm in Albany, New York dedicated to the cost-effective resolution of legal problems encountered by an extensive business and professional clientele. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Robert M. Loughney, Managing Partner, 518-426-4600

Constellation, an Exelon Company - A CICU Collaborative Partner


Credo has partnered with independent college and university presidents, cabinets, and board members around the country for more than 20 years, using their team of interdisciplinary experts to develop, research, implement, and help teams go farther faster and more efficiently. Informed by a holistic approach to institutional health, Credo delivers action and results in strategic planning, campus planning, student success, marketing, enrollment, architecture, and research.

Credo understands the unique challenges independent institutions face, as well as add context to the cultural, societal, and economic pressures influencing change. They believe in the importance of independent institutions in the national landscape, and know that with smart, data-driven strategies designed to lift up your mission and propel your vision, independent higher education can grow and thrive through any challenge. 

Contact: Emma Jones, Chief Brand Officer, 336-675-0740


Cloud delivered: Next-generation anti-virus, end-point detection & response, and managed hunting

Contact: Greg Caito and Khizer Zamani at 518-593-3406

Cullen and Dykman

Cullen and Dykman LLP, established in 1850, provides quality, cost-effective general counsel and project specific legal services to colleges and universities in the upstate and downstate regions. The firm offers free training on hot legal topics including Title IX and The Non-Profit Revitalization Act. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Brian FitzGerald, Albany Partner-in-Charge, 518-788-9401

Duff & Phelps, LLC

The premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor with expertise in complex valuation, dispute & legal management consulting, M&A, restructuring, and compliance & regulatory consulting.  The firm's more than 2,000 employees serve a diverse range of clients from offices around the world.  Valuation services provided to the Higher Education community include real and personal property appraisal for property insurance and fixed asset inventory purposes.

Contact: Lynn Forsythe, Managing Director, 215-840-4639

EcoSystem Energy Services

Ecosystem is an award-winning, independent design-build firm offering turnkey construction and retrofit projects in Canada and the U.S.  Projects are focused on meeting client-specific goals: improved energy efficiency in buildings, increased productivity for industrial processes, value-added asset renewal, and green energy production. 

EcoSystem designs and delivers high-performance infrastructures for clients in the institutional, commercial, municipal, industrial, and real estate sectors.  Each project is contractually guaranteed. To learn more about EcoSystem and its energy efficient offerings, please click to view "A Frank Discussion of the Merits and Limitations of Cogeneration." 

Contact: Katherine Kluefer, Business Development Manager or Laziza Rakhimova, Market Intelligence

First American Education Finance - A CICU Collaborative Partner

GEM Energy - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd.

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose is a full service law firm focusing on the needs of higher education clients.  Our practice focuses on federal and state regulatory issues, accreditation concerns, transactional matters, litigation and investigations (including Title IX and other forms of misconduct), NCAA issues, privacy compliance and breach response, student affairs, and board governance.  Our practice features former officials with the US Department of Education Office of the General Counsel, Office for Civil Rights, Office for Federal Student Aid, the NCAA and counsel to accreditation bodies.   

Contact: Dennis Cariello, Shareholder, 212-422-4900

JourneyED - A CICU Collaborative Partner


The KeyBank Public Sector group encompasses a team of professionals dedicated to delivering value-added capital markets and banking solutions to governments, higher education institutions and national non-profit organizations. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, 518-257-8665

National Management Resources Corporation

National Management Resources Corporation offers facility management services exclusively to private institutions of higher education. National's services encompass plant maintenance and repair, custodial, landscape maintenance, events planning and management and Security services. The corporation partners with institutions from coast to coast. National tailors its services to fit each client’s special situation providing them with a picture perfect campus every day. National's services assist with recruiting, retention and fundraising because its staff knows the institution only has one chance to make a good first impression.

Contact: Kimberly Jenkins, Business Development Executive


NYSERNet is a private, not-for-profit corporation created to foster research and education in New York State. For 30 years, its mission has been to advance network technology, research, data center services and technical education in support of the state’s research and education community, which includes leading universities, colleges, museums, healthcare facilities, primary and secondary schools, and research institutions.

Contact: Christopher Sedore, President and CEO

Parkhurst Dining

Parkhurst Dining delivers authentic culinary experiences to private colleges and universities. We were founded in 1996 on the premise of choosing “imperfection over standardization” - hamburgers that are hand-pressed and not cooked from uniform frozen patties; soup that is prepared daily from fresh stock and not poured out of a can; or fresh-cut vegetables for your salad bar that are cleaned, peeled, sliced, diced, and chopped by hand – never shaken out of a bag. We’ve held fast to these culinary values and know that made-from-scratch food delivers greater student satisfaction and engagement leading to stronger financial outcomes for our clients. We are also known for our commitment to sustainable practices and local sourcing; our dedication to client partnerships and seamlessly integrating into your campus culture; our people-first approach to team management, training and development; and our investment back in the communities in which we live and work.

Contact: Suzie Lachut, Director of Partnerships, 412-327-4501

Relph Benefit Advisors

Relph Benefit Advisors is the largest independent firm in upstate New York providing employee benefits consulting, advisory services, and benefits administration, now offering a cost-saving medical benefits program for colleges and universities. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Robert G. Relph, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, 585-248-8720

Risk Strategies Company

Risk Strategies Company is a leading, nationally recognized insurance and benefits broker, specializing in the needs of colleges and universities. Risk Strategies works with nearly 100 higher ed institutions, offering sophisticated risk management advice and insurance placement for property and casualty and employee benefits for the full spectrum of exposures. Risk Stratgies has a passion for finding creative, cost-effective solutions that meet the specific needs and circumstances each client and are a leader in helping firms navigate health care reform. Click here for an overview of benefits.

Contact: David J. Singer, 212-826-9744; 201-837-1100

Sibson Consulting

Sibson Consulting is highly respected partner for colleges and universities seeking to create dynamic and comprehensive human resources, benefits and organizational development strategies to support their institutional goals and objectives. Sibson's dedicated, cross-functional higher education practice offers broad experience and deep understanding of the dynamics of academic institutions. Their size, decision-making process and consulting philosophy enable them to tailor our approach to suit each institution's needs.

Contact Mr. Kelly Jones, Senior Vice President, 216-687-4434

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Siemens BT is a leading partner to Higher Education (HE) throughout North America, with over 780 customers.  Our ESCO business offers turnkey, guaranteed-performance solutions to address the pressing HE challenges of reduced funding for infrastructure, growing deferred maintenance, and unfunded sustainability goals.  Since 2005, Siemens ESCO has successfully completed over $600 million performance-based projects at many of the top U.S. public and private institutions. 

Siemens technology leadership offers our customers innovative solutions across building energy management, lab ventilation, chiller optimization, distributed energy, energy storage, micro-grid controls and much more.  Our integrated approach marries expert energy supply, sustainability and affinity programs with our leading demand-side solutions.  We also offer unique and low cost financing options. When combined with our national Services team, BAS, fire safety and security solutions, Siemens is a true lifecycle partner.

Contact: John Drzymkowski, Account Executive, 973-396-4071

Starfish by Hobson's

Higher education technology focused on student success.

Contact: Theresa Chastain, Account Executive, 585-402-6878

The MegaWatt Hour - A CICU Collaborative Partner

WasteStrategies, LLC - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Winthrop Resources Corporation

Winthrop Resources has been providing strategic Technology Finance, Asset Lifecycle Management, and Pay-Per-Use funding models to universities of all sizes since 1982. Winthrop enables you to make the right technology sourcing decisions, swap or upgrade technologies whenever necessary and to preserve cash and lines of credit while avoiding the risks of obsolescence and end-of-life disposal.

Contact: Conor O'Brien, 781-424-3957

Wright Speciality Insurance

Wright Speciality Insurance provides property and casualty insurance programs and risk management solutions that meed the specialized needs of private colleges and universities.  

Contact: Reginald Moore, Regional Marketing Manager, 516-750-3917