Board of Directors


The NAICU Board consists of 44 members (plus four non-voting members). Twenty-four board members are directly elected to three-year terms by the membership. Twelve additional directors are selected by the board to three-year terms.  In addition, the chairs of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE) and the Secretariat serve as ex officio members with vote. The president of NAICU also is an ex officio member without vote. Read more about the Association Governance Structure.

Board members for the current year are:

Officers

(See Board Members listing below for officers' full information)

 

Constance Ledoux Book Ph.D.  (Chair)
President
Elon University
Elon, NC

Mary Dana Hinton Ph.D.  (Vice Chair)
President
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA

Paul C. Pribbenow Ph.D.  (Treasurer)
President
Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN

Eric F. Spina Ph.D.  (Past Chair)
President
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Barbara K. Mistick D.M.  (NAICU President)
President
National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities
Washington, DC

Board Members

David A. Armstrong J.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
St. Thomas University
Miami, FL

Irma Becerra Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Marymount University
Arlington, VA

Marie F. Bernardo-Sousa LP.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Johnson & Wales University
Providence, RI

Audrey Bilger Ph.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Reed College
Portland, OR

Constance Ledoux Book Ph.D.  (Board Chair)
President
Elon University
Elon, NC

Marc M. Camille Ed.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Albertus Magnus College
New Haven, CT

Brad Rogers Carson J.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

John E. Cech Ph.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Carroll College
Helena, MT

Barry H. Corey Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Biola University
La Mirada, CA

Gregory G. Dell'Omo Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ

Sandra J. Doran J.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Bay Path University
Longmeadow, MA

Roger D. Drake Ed.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Central Methodist University
Fayette, MO

LaVerne T. Harmon Ed.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Wilmington University
New Castle, DE

Mary Dana Hinton Ph.D.  (Board Vice Chair)
President
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA

Dennis H. Holtschneider CM, Ed.D.  (Secretariat Chair)
President
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Washington, DC

Sean L. Huddleston Ed.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Martin University
Indianapolis, IN

Paula Johnson M.D., M.P.H.  (Class of 2025)
President
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

Rachelle K. Keck Ph.D., J.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Grand View University
Des Moines, IA

Brian T. Keech  (Class of 2026)
Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Robert LeFevre J.D.  (NAICUSE Chair)
President
Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities
Lansing, MI

Richanne C. Mankey Ed.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Defiance College
Defiance, OH

Robert L. Manuel Ph.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Gilberto J. Marxuach-Torrós J.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
University of the Sacred Heart
San Juan, PR

Charlie T. McCormick Ph.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Schreiner University
Kerrville, TX

Thayne M. McCulloh D. Phil.  (Class of 2025)
President
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Michael A. McDonald Ph.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Great Lakes Colleges Association
Ann Arbor, MI

Ernest McNealey Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Allen University
Columbia, SC

Elizabeth M. Meade Ph.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Cedar Crest College
Allentown, PA

Dianne Miller J.D.  (Class of 2025)
Senior Director, Federal Relations, Washington Office
Cornell University
Washington, DC

Barbara K. Mistick D.M.  (NAICU President)
President
National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities
Washington, DC

Krista L. Newkirk J.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
University of Redlands
Redlands, CA

José D. Padilla J.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN

Elizabeth L. Paul Ph.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Nazareth University
Rochester, NY

L. Jeffrey Perez Ph.D.  (NAICUSE Past Chair)
President & CEO
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Columbia, SC

Paul C. Pribbenow Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN

Eric F. Spina Ph.D.  (Board Past Chair)
President
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

G. Gabrielle Starr Ph.D.  (Class of 2025)
President
Pomona College
Claremont, CA

Tania Tetlow J.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Suzanne E. Walsh J.D., M.S.S.A.  (Class of 2026)
President
Bennett College
Greensboro, NC

John Y. Walz Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, WI

Burton J. Webb Ph.D.  (Class of 2024)
President
University of Pikeville
Pikeville, KY

Leslie Ford Weber  (Class of 2024)
Assoc Dir, Maryland Government Affairs
Johns Hopkins University
Bethesda, MD

Jennifer Widness J.D.  (NAICUSE Vice Chair)
President
Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
West Hartford, CT

Marylou Yam Ph.D.  (Class of 2026)
President
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Baltimore, MD