The Council of Independent Colleges
Presidential Search

The Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) invites applications and nominations for a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as its next President. After twenty years of exceptional leadership by Richard Ekman, CIC is a strong organization with loyal membership, enviable finances, highly regarded programs, and excellent relationships with member institutions and key funders. The new president will build on this impressive legacy while building new strength during a time of transformation and opportunity.

Based in Washington, D.C., CIC is an association of nearly 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, 27 state-based councils of independent colleges, and more than 50 other higher education affiliates. Through an evolving agenda of programs and services responsive to member needs, CIC has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of the important contributions made by independent higher education to society. CIC has a robust record of success in serving its members and strong potential for ongoing growth and evolution.

The next president of CIC will be an entrepreneurial leader and a national spokesperson for the cause of independent higher education while providing support to member institutions. More information about CIC and the priorities and qualifications for the next president is provided in the search profile, available for download at:

Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and full contact information of five references (who will not be contacted without permission). All materials must be submitted to:

The position is open until filled but only applications received by January 11, 2021 can be assured full consideration. CIC is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo at, Jay Lemons at, or Jennifer Kooken at

CIC is an equal opportunity employer.

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