The following organizations are CIC sponsors during 2015–2016:
Dick Jones Communications is a public relations firm specializing in
higher education. During the past 25 years, the firm has assisted dozens
of colleges and universities with production and successful placement
of stories in the national media.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
is the only national newsmagazine
focusing on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher
education. Diverse remains the preeminent source of timely news,
insightful research and special reports, provocative commentary and
interviews on a range of issues affecting all higher education
professionals, but especially minorities and other underrepresented
ExpertFile is a cloud based expert marketing platform used by organizations to better manage their experts and thought leaders. Marketing, media departments and agencies use our solution to publish, promote and measure the performance of their expert content to engage a range of audiences such as customer prospects, media and conference organizers. For more information visit www.expertfile.com
Gehrung Associates is the first firm in the nation to specifically
address the marketing needs of universities and colleges. Begun in 1972,
the firm is the agency of choice for higher education institutions
seeking significant editorial exposure in the national, and
international, news media.
Inside Higher Ed is the free daily news website for people who work in higher education. Breaking news, lively debate, and thousands of faculty and administrative job postings draw 1.3 million readers a month. Online. Daily. Free. Ahead of the curve. Sign up for free daily news updates at www.insidehighered.com/newsletter/signup.
J. Davis Public Relations, LLC offers clients a practical, news-driven
approach to social media that emphasizes customer service and real
Mobile Commons is a mobile and text messaging platform that helps institutions reach more users, drive mobile engagement, and improve conversion rates. The company powers highly effective text messaging campaigns that help prospective students complete the enrollment process, answer questions from parents about financial aid applications, and even remind alumni about current fundraising campaigns.
mStoner, Inc. helps clients to tell their authentic stories by clarifying their unique brand value proposition, creating a content strategy to communicate the brand effectively, and implementing compelling and dynamic communications across the web, mobile, social media, print, and other channels. The firm focuses on research, data, and results. Since 2001, it has worked with more than 300 colleges, universities, and professional schools in the U.S. and abroad. mStoner published Social Works: How #HigherEd Uses #SocialMedia to Raise Money, Build Awareness, Recruit Students, and Get Results in 2013–the first and only guide to successful social media campaigns in higher education. mStoner produces HigherEdLive.com as a free resource for professionals in education.
News Generation is an issue-driven media relations agency specializing in using broadcast media to earn coverage for associations, higher education institutions, non-profits, government agencies, and clients of PR firms.
Newswise is a newswire service for journalists, media professionals, and anyone interested in knowledge-based news content.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is a source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, DC, The Chronicle has more than 70 full-time writers and editors as well as 17 foreign correspondents around the world. The Chronicle of Higher Education is a trusted resource for the leaders of academe.
TVP Communications is a boutique public relations agency focused on
issues specific to higher education, providing full-service support to
clients such as two- and four-year public and private institutions,
higher education foundations and associations, education service
providers and national education initiatives. TVP Communications has
years of experience providing counsel on thought leadership development,
strategic communications development, media relations, and crisis
communications to education-focused entities and institutions.
Campus Labs empowers institutions to make valuable connections with their data. The firm offers a complete set of integrated solutions for areas such as assessment, retention, teaching and learning, student engagement, and institutional effectiveness. Campus Labs serves more than 750 public and private colleges and universities. To learn more, visit campuslabs.com.
Capital Education on one hand, is an investor who makes a financial commitment to the success of partners' online degree programs (universities and colleges). Its goal is to accelerate program velocity and sustainability. On the other hand, its professionals are educators who have served as university presidents, deans, and senior leaders. Members of the firm have firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing higher education institutions. Through collaboration, technical support, marketing, and recruitment expertise, its partners offer a unique virtual campus experience that works.
Casagrande Consulting is a boutique firm focused on providing insight to boards and executives of institutions of higher education in the areas of: compensation and benefits; leadership development and coaching; performance and talent management; and board and institutional effectiveness.
Creative Communication Associates is a leading branding and communications agency devoted exclusively to higher education. They partner with some of the top colleges and universities nationwide to create compelling brands, solution-driven plans, and award-winning communications.
Credo is a comprehensive higher education consulting firm that specializes in working with private colleges and universities to move them forward on the continuum from surviving to thriving. The firm counts among partner schools more than 300 institutions. With knowledge leaders in enrollment solutions, presidential strategies, student success, branding and marketing, campus planning and architecture, and research, Credo offers data-based recommendations, proven processes and practical tools to help an institution thrive. Through years of higher education consulting, Credo’s team saw patterns emerge in both the struggles and accomplishments of the institutions they served. Over time, nine elements emerged as key drivers, and became the Thriving Framework. From courageous leadership to transformative environments, the Thriving Framework provides a powerful lens through which the company views institutional health, allowing its team of professionals to address comprehensively challenges while lifting up opportunities.
HigherEdJobs is a leading source for jobs and career information in academia. During 2014, over 159,000 faculty, administrative, and executive jobs were posted to the company’s website, which is visited by more than one million unique visitors each month. Serving the top universities and colleges throughout the nation and abroad, HigherEdJobs is the preeminent resource for connecting job seekers and higher education employers.
Hobsons is a leader in connecting learning to life. Through its unique advising and admissions products, they help more than 12 million students around the globe identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, and find the right college match. They partner with more than 10,000 schools, colleges, and universities to better prepare students for success.
Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search, which is led by Marylouise Fennell and Cheryl Hyatt, is a highly successful national and international executive search firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado. Together with a strong support staff and excellent senior consultants who are rich in higher education and recruitment experience, Hyatt-Fennell is well-known and respected for placing top executives with private colleges and universities. Through a partnership with its clients, Hyatt-Fennell enhances and streamlines the search process and provides a commitment to find the perfect person for each position. www.Hyatt-Fennell.com brings 60 years of experience to the process of client centered service.
IDEA works in partnership with institutions of higher education to support the advancement of teaching, learning, and leadership. IDEA, a non-profit organization established in 1975, provides statistically valid and reliable teaching and learning assessment (student ratings) and leadership assessment (chair and administrator) instruments backed by extensive research. IDEA’s services provide comparative data, formative and summative feedback, suggestions and resources for improvement, and tailored reports that support institutional, program, and individual development. IDEA systems offer robust technology platforms that feature mobile-delivery and interactive interface.
iDesignEDU is a higher education service company that provides instructional design support, program planning, academic support, marketing support, and consulting services to institutions of higher education.
Interfolio understands that committee-based decisions are at the heart of the most important moments in the life of a scholar: from hiring, to annual review, promotion, and tenure. Committees, and the very premise of shared governance, are the bedrock of academe and a fundamental responsibility for faculty and academic leadership. To this end, Interfolio offers a web based (SaaS) platform to better understand committee-based decisions along the faculty life cycle, from hiring through tenure and beyond. The firm provides an effective, user-centered platform for individual scholars and committees, as well as a powerful reporting engine to help senior administrators better understand faculty success across the institution.
John N. Gardner Institute is a national non-profit organization focused on partnering with higher education institutions, individual educators, and other entities to improve student learning, persistence, and completion. Through a variety of processes and expert guidance, support and consultation, its services help to create and subsequently implement an evidence-based plan to individually and/or collectively define or redefine excellence in undergraduate education – especially in the first and second years of college, the transfer experience, and gateway courses. Its processes include: Foundations of Excellence–improving the first-year and/or transfer experience; Gateways to Completion–creating and implementing an evidence-based plan for improving teaching, learning, and success in historically high-failure rate courses; and Retention Performance Management– improving retention rates for specific cohorts such as first year, sophomores, first-generation, and low-income students.
Macat is dedicated to creating innovative, academically rigorous resources for students, professors, and life-long learners worldwide. Its goal is to unlock access to and enhance understanding of the world’s most influential books and scholarship in disciplines ranging from geography and philosophy to history and psychology, as well as business and economics. Macat aims to make great ideas in seminal works more accessible for everyone, everywhere. The digital interactive library and learning platform at Macat.com make it easy to gain quickly a deeper understanding of complex themes and topics in the humanities and social sciences while opening up new pathways for interdisciplinary exploration. For a limited amount of time, free institutional subscriptions are available.
Maguire Associates, Inc. is a research-based consulting firm that exclusively serves educational institutions. For over 30 years, it has applied innovations in market research, analysis, and predictive modeling to help clients understand the dynamics of past performance, apply insightful knowledge to sound decision-making in the present, and attain future outcomes critical to the health and vitality of client institutions. Its team has helped advance enrollment management, institutional marketing, competitive positioning and branding, and strategic planning in education through a range of services. As researchers, Maguire Associates help clients develop a deeper understanding of the values, priorities, and perceptions of important constituent groups. As consultants, they use predictive modeling and forecasting to inform client decision-making and best practices in administration, management, marketing, and communications. Whether working to tackle a crisis or framing a proactive strategy, they have a strong record of helping clients to achieve positive outcomes.
Online Consortium of Independent Colleges & Universities is a virtual academic consortium in which member institutions collaborate in sharing online, credit-bearing courses and programs. Membership is limited to independent, not-for-profit, higher education institutions.
Orbis Education creates innovative academic-practice partnerships between healthcare educators and healthcare employers that solve healthcare workforce shortages. Orbis helps college and university partners significantly increase enrollments in their healthcare programs without sacrificing academic quality, which gives its healthcare partners a steady pipeline of practice-ready graduates to fill their vacancies. Its unique focus on “hybrid” educational programs—those that combine online didactic learning with hands-on lab and clinical experiences—is what allows its educational partners to greatly increase student access and achieve transformative growth.
Rafter is a technology-driven company that helps campuses manage the complexity of course materials and reduce costs for students. Rafter creates solutions for campuses that automate faculty adoptions, provide textbook commerce, bring down the cost of textbook supply, and enable campuses to include textbooks as part of tuition. Its mission is to make education more affordable for students and prepare them for success in the classroom. Hundreds of campuses and over 2 million students have used Rafter’s technology to save more than $525 million on textbooks. Based in San Mateo, California, Rafter was founded in 2006.
Registry for College and University Presidents has been a premier provider of interim leadership in higher education since 1992. In 2002, the Registry expanded its services with the Registry for Senior Administrators, which places interims at the vice president and dean levels. The Registry has contracts with more than 600 former college and university presidents and senior administrators in over 49 states, all of whom have been selected for membership based on nominations and pre-screening evaluations. Registry interims will typically serve anywhere from three months to three years, and there is a trend toward more extended periods of service. The Registry interim function increases the probability of success for the succeeding permanent senior administrator at public and private colleges and universities as well as community colleges.
Royall & Company partners exclusively with colleges and universities to meet and exceed their enrollment and advancement goals by delivering high-impact direct marketing that is custom-designed to address their unique challenges and deliver maximum return on investment.
Ruffalo Noel Levitz helps higher education executives accomplish their goals for student recruitment, marketing, financial aid, student success, and donor engagement. More than a consulting agency, Ruffalo Noel Levitz is distinguished by its powerful array of technology-enabled enrollment and fundraising tools used by more than 3,000 campuses across North America and beyond. In addition, Ruffalo Noel Levitz’s conferences, research reports, papers, and articles help clients stay on top of current trends.
Savant Learning Systems is a premier custom online learning solutions provider, offering innovative technology, high quality learning programs, and tailored program support to a broad range of organizations across higher education, public safety, and business enterprises. The company helps colleges and universities accelerate new sources of revenue with high demand online programs in order to fund their mission and ensure long-term viability. In addition to providing the technology, Savant Learning Systems helps define the institution’s goals and implementation strategy, and supports stakeholders through the process. Staff helps to lay the groundwork for the online program, implement the program, and follow through to help manage growth and opportunity.
Stamats is the first company to explore how integrated marketing communications could be adapted to higher education. The company’s comprehensive array of innovative products and services has set the standard for pairing insightful, research-based strategic counsel with compelling creative solutions. Stamats believes in two things: first, the importance of higher education; and second, the need for all of us to work smarter. One of the most enduring strengths of our country is an educated citizenry. For this reason, Stamats knows that helping students of all ages enroll and graduate from the right college is a great privilege and a great responsibility. The firm knows, too, that the people who work in higher education simply cannot work any harder. The only real option, then, is to work smarter.
Stone Arch Organization Development provides customized higher education change management approaches, strategic planning, institution board development, foundation board development, and executive development. Clients share that Stone Arch Organization Development genuinely listens to their unique needs and provides a menu of recommendations that provide mission-lift. President Scott Morrell steers institutions toward disciplined short-term and long-term decision-making, leveraging transformation and continuity and attention on institutional mission and margin. Morrell is able to navigate multiple stakeholder perspectives because of his 25-year background as administrator, staff, and faculty member. He held executive level marketing positions (dean of enrollment/chief enrollment officer) at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, and Messiah College, Harrisburg, PA. Stone Arch Organization Development is based in Minneapolis, MN.
The Learning House, Inc. helps colleges and universities create, manage and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with 75 colleges and universities, Learning House enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals. Services include product development and market research; marketing and lead generation; admissions and enrollment management; student retention; curriculum development and management; faculty training and professional development; learning management systems; and 24/7 technical support. As a thought leader in the industry, Learning House publishes an annual report on online college student preferences and demographics and presents an annual online higher education conference.
TIAA-CREF helps provide lifelong financial security for those in the academic, cultural, governmental, medical and research fields. We invest for the long term and apply our deep expertise across a wide range of traditional and alternative assets. Our mission to serve, our record of performance and the values we embrace make us a different kind of financial services company.
AGB Search, LLC offers integrated services to meet a variety of search and transition needs, including assistance in securing cabinet-level interim leaders; guidance and research to support the setting of executive compensation; and full searches for presidents, chancellors, system heads, CEOs of coordinating boards and foundations, provosts, vice presidents, and deans. AGB search consultants are seasoned campus leaders who bring experience and a sense of mission to their work. They tap extensive networks, diverse perspectives, and a broad range of search experiences to support the partnerships they build with their clients. AGB Search draws on this valuable knowledge to help ensure successful outcomes. Over the past three years, approximately 10 percent of AGB Search placements have been minorities and 40 percent have been women. Please visit www.agbsearch.com for current searches for presidents and senior-level executives and a list of past clients.
Aramark is a single source provider to over 600 higher education institutions for the development of dining and facility management solutions. The firm offers a complete and innovative array of dining services that include master planning, culinary development and venue design, catering, concessions, and residential, quick-serve and express dining concepts. The firm’s knowledge and expertise extends to a broad range of facilities services including maintenance, custodial, grounds, energy and engineering solutions, capital project management, and building commissioning.
Art & Science Group is a consulting firm specializing in market-related issues facing higher education and the nonprofit sector. The firm’s work synthesizes imagination and empirical rigor—art and science. The firm assists clients in every major arena of marketing and communications: market-informed strategic planning; enrollment management and student recruitment; development and alumni relations; tuition pricing and financial aid. The firm has extensive experience working with a large variety of public and private institutions of higher learning, ranging from comprehensive private and public research universities to small liberal arts colleges.
Asset Strategy Consultants, headquartered just north of Baltimore, has been providing independent investment management consulting to fiduciaries of endowments, foundations, and retirement plans [403(b) and 401(K) Plans] for almost 25 years. ASC manages in excess of $8 billion and is dedicated to developing and implementing customized solutions for each client portfolio while achieving excellent investment performance, reducing risks, controlling expenses, and providing exceptional client service.
BCWH provides full-service architecture, campus planning, interior design, and landscape architecture services in a practice committed to creating enriching and inspiring places with and for clients. The firm has a 30-year legacy of service to educational institutions with a focus on independent colleges and universities. Its vision is to collaborate closely with clients to enhance the campus environment as a holistic place for learning. BCWH brings a special expertise in campus planning and design through the Van Yahres Studio. With over thirty years of experience and more than 700 campus projects completed, The Van Yahres Studio has developed a national reputation in master planning, site design, and grounds maintenance planning. BCWH believes that the rational organization of buildings and outdoor spaces is an integral part of the learning environment. Experienced leaders in campus design strive to create memorable campuses that support the mission of institutions in every way.
Bon Appetit Management Company is an on-site restaurant company offering full food-service management to corporations, universities, museums, and specialty venues. Based in Palo Alto, CA, the company operates more than 650 cafés in 33 states for dozens of clients. Bon Appetit’s food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, salsa and soups. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, the company has developed programs addressing local purchasing, overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food–climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farmworkers’ rights. Bon Appetit is grateful to have been recognized by many leading foundations, nonprofits, and industry associations for its work.
CampusWorks, Inc. is dedicated exclusively to higher education and focuses on addressing the business and technology needs of colleges and universities. CampusWorks distinguishes itself by providing clients with a unique combination of business acumen, higher education expertise, technical know-how and professional planning bundled into senior professionals. CampusWorks brings the right talent to the project at the right time. The strength and productivity of CampusWorks’ senior executives are enhanced by a team of experts that specialize in all aspects of college operations. The firm’s services are rooted in systems thinking and reach across the institution—from student services to human resources to finance to academics—to achieve transformative results. For 15 years, CampusWorks has been helping higher education institutions with: academic technology; assessment and planning; business process review; ERP assessment, enhancement, renovations and implementations; project management; shared services; staff augmentation; strategic planning, accreditation, and compliance; and technology leadership and development. CampusWorks is an independent service provider and is not affiliated with any software or hardware enterprises.
Capture Higher Ed is a premier data thought-leader in higher education today. By using big data and technology more effectively, Capture provides critical recruitment knowledge and mission-fit enrollments to its partner institutions.
Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects and Planners is a full-service architecture and planning firm located in Pittsburgh, PA, that specializes in transforming college and university campuses. Since its founding in 1949, its work at dozens of higher education institutions has led it to national recognition in the field, and its involvement with CIC over the past 20 years has helped it to gain an understanding of the issues facing presidential leaders on campus and beyond. The firm aims to design buildings that support institutional mission, complement the cultural landscape, and promote student recruitment and retention. Its portfolio includes every type of building that is found on a college campus.
Derck & Edson demonstrates a commitment to higher education through numerous planning, enhancement, and athletics projects on campuses throughout the United States. Their expertise is demonstrated by the wow-factor they deliver that leaves lasting, positive impressions on these same campuses. Since 1940, they have been transforming campuses through planning, design, and implementation services that meet the needs of colleges and universities including: feasibility studies, master planning, athletic facilities design, implementation services, engineering, GIS services, architectural collaboration, site design, circulation solutions, construction observation, inventory and analysis, and identity enhancement.
Dynamic Campus provides customized, game-changing responses to critical institutional challenges, from optimizing the impact of technology college-wide to integrating predictive analytics into every student success initiative. Dynamic Campus brings to its partners unequaled operational efficiency and unprecedented strategic performance. Its services include fixed price customized solutions to help maximize consulting dollars, full campus reviews with an IT audit, ERP selection/implementation, and full IT outsourcing for maximum outcomes and savings. Dynamic Campus delivers solutions that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the college’s systems and resources.
Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. exists to provide education, advocacy, and support for the insurance and risk management needs of educational institutions rooted in a religious tradition.
EFL Associates has provided executive search services for the academy since 1999, serving both public and private institutions nationwide. It is a boutique firm that offers clients search options that can be tailored to meet individual needs. Options include an intense candidate generation option called LaunchPlus; a second option that includes pool development and assistance with referencing and interviews; and the traditional comprehensive search option that guides the search from beginning through negotiated offer. The firm has also invested in a sophisticated electronic platform that allows candidates to provide their information easily and completely while offering search committee members “real time” access to this information with a simple internet connection. With more than 100 placements in the last six years and a first year retention rate of 96 percent, EFL Associates is the choice of more institutions each year.
Ellucian provides innovative software and services to help education institutions thrive in an open and dynamic world. The firm delivers a broad portfolio of technology solutions, developed in collaboration with a global education community, and provides strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change, achieve greater transparency, and drive efficiencies. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning.
Each institution and its needs are unique. That is Gonser Gerber LLP takes time to get to know the institution and its particular opportunities and challenges. We call this focus Individually Crafted Relationships™. Gonser Gerber, founded in 1950, is the nation’s first and most innovative advancement consulting firm serving higher education institutions and a broad range of other organizations and agencies. The firm has provided more than 700 clients with creative, customized, results-oriented advancement counsel and helped raise billions of dollars in the process. Results are how we define our success. Services offered to clients include: comprehensive advancement counsel; campaign counsel; campaign readiness studies; advancement audits; executive search; marketing and communications counsel; strategic planning facilitation; and professional development for boards, staff, and volunteers through Gonser Gerber Institute programs.
Hardwick Day, a division of Royall & Company, is a leading source for financial aid optimization, enrollment strategy, and net price calculators. With their clients, they set a financial aid policy, build an award model, and remain engaged throughout the cycle to help clients exceed their revenue, recruitment, and enrollment goals. Their partners can be confident that they are entering the enrollment cycle with a winning strategy.
Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc. practices their mission statement every day, “Building clients, not just projects.” Over 80 percent of the firm’s projects are on a repeat or referral basis for higher education clients throughout the nation. For a half-century, their dedicated staff has participated in the master planning, design, and construction of every campus project type from science to athletics. From this experience the firm has gained a deep understanding of what campus leaders require to deliver projects that instill pride in past and future graduates. Hastings+Chivetta is committed to planning and designing facilities that meet each client’s unique requirements. The firm is recognized as a steward of sustainable design that supports clients’ missions. They are proud to have worked with over 50 CIC institutions in their 55 year history.
Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates (JGA) has taken an authentic, thoughtful, and strategic approach to all aspects of philanthropic consulting for its clients since 1994. JGA focuses on the concepts of mission, strategy, and accountability that underlie the philanthropic relationship and helps their clients achieve high standards. JGA's team of experienced senior consultants offer client-focused, highly customized solutions to private colleges, independent schools, and large cultural organizations in the central United States. The full-service firm assists with capital campaigns, development audits, feasibility studies, and general fundraising counsel.
Kaludis Consulting has provided strategic advice, planning support, and management solutions to some 700 colleges and universities since 1977. With a service portfolio emphasizing strategic, academic, and business planning; institutional economics and finance; and effective use of technology, the firm provides analysis, perspective, and guidance that enable clients to gain strategic traction in their thinking, planning, and decision making.
Keypath Education serves the entire student journey and partners with higher education institutions worldwide to launch programs, grow enrollment, improve learning, and optimize careers for the world’s best prepared students. PlattForm’s proprietary data infrastructure powers all four solutions and offers benchmarking, predictive analytics, and cross-channel attribution.
Metz Culinary Management serves excellent food and provides exceptional dining and hospitality experiences for students and the campus community. From the quality of food to the comfort and convenience of the dining setting, Metz will exceed expectations.
Miller Cook & Associates, Inc. specializes in designing affordable and sustainable approaches to enrollment management that help colleges meet and exceed goals in admissions, financial aid, retention, and net revenue.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC is among the nation's leading advisers to college presidents and boards of trustees. Its services include conducting comparable salary and benefits studies; negotiating and drafting employment agreements; developing deferred compensation plans; and crafting post-presidency agreements. The firm also conducts intermediate sanctions and Sarbanes-Oxley reviews. The firm bases all of its compensation recommendations on current, comparable data as derived from primary sources. Ray Cotton is the leader of the higher education practice and has advised more than 350 presidents and boards of trustees. He is a frequent speaker on the programs of higher education associations as well as a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and other higher education periodicals. He can be reached at (202) 434-7322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Management Resources Corporation provides facilities management services exclusively to private higher education, encompassing plant maintenance, repair, custodial, landscape maintenance, events planning and coordination, and security services through its subsidiary Synergy Campus Security Services. National tailors its services to fit each institution’s unique situation. With National Management Resources each institution will have a picture perfect campus every day. For more information go to www.teamnational.com or call (800) 292-9323.
Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc. is a full service architecture, master planning, and interior design firm providing award-winning design solutions to colleges and universities since 1957. Noelker and Hull’s experience includes a diverse portfolio of master planning, site planning, feasibility studies, programming, and design, with particular expertise in student housing and dining facilities. Their designs complement the campus community, promote students’ quality of life, and respond to the environment on many different levels, through sensitive placement within the landscape, use of local materials and methods, and the inclusion of efficient mechanical and electrical systems that minimize energy consumption throughout the life of the building. They pride themselves on cultivating long-standing relationships with clients through personal principal involvement in every project.
Pioneer College Caterers provides professional dining service management for Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries. They currently serve 44 clients in 20 states, coast to coast, and are the only dining services contractor with the sole mission of service to faith-based institutions.
RHB is a specialized marketing consultancy serving education. Their expertise helps colleges, universities, and related not-for-profit organizations find their distinctive voice and tell their stories authentically and compellingly.
Royall & Company has helped its enrollment partners grow and shape classes and increase net tuition revenue in order to meet—and exceed—their enrollment goals for more than 20 years. Campaigns are custom-designed to reach each institution’s unique objectives and to deliver maximum return on investment. Royall partners exclusively with colleges and universities to meet and exceed their enrollment and advancement goals by delivering high-impact direct marketing that is custom-designed to address their unique challenges and deliver maximum return on investment.
Royall & Company - Advancement works with colleges and universities to create strategic advancement campaigns that increase donors and dollars. Royall’s partners enjoy significantly higher donor numbers, increased revenue, and strong return on investment right from the start of the partnerships. Those results lead to sustained long-term growth and build a robust pipeline for major gifts.
RPA Inc. is in their third decade of providing exceptional service to more than 90 CIC institutions. RPA Inc. provides a professional and competent executive recruitment process to its clients. As the firm becomes a partner in the process, it works hard and has proven success based on its ability to match an institution’s financial ability and student population with the appropriate leadership. It is changing the lives of individuals and institutions by providing exceptional leadership of a search process that begins with assessment and leads to exceptional outcomes. RPA’s unique and thorough process identifies presidents, provost, and cabinet level officers nationwide to consider opportunities that best match their skills and expertise. Their success speaks for itself; their five-year retention rate for candidates they have placed is 95 percent. RPA Inc. is ready to make each mission their mission and to make individuals feel like their only client.
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC was founded in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 1913. Since its formation, the firm has grown to approximately 325 attorneys with core strengths in energy, labor and employment, litigation, and transactional law. Firm attorneys are admitted to practice law in thirty-one states and the District of Columbia. Steptoe & Johnson’s higher education practice focuses on private, non-profit colleges. Their higher education team attorneys have held leadership positions at both colleges and universities or served as members of governing boards at the state and institutional level. With substantial experience and knowledge, their higher education attorneys understand the challenges college and university leaders face and strive to provide groundbreaking solutions. The higher education team is designed to bring a multitude of legal disciplines together to address the complex needs of institutions of higher education. Additional information about Steptoe & Johnson’s higher education team can be found at: www.steptoe-johnson.com/services/higher-education.
Stevens Strategy, LLC is a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities, and schools. It offers professional services to the leaders of these institutions in the areas of institutional vision and strategy; strategic organization optimization; market and program analytics; finance and data analytics; and institution-wide policy development. Stevens’ consultants have extensive experience serving colleges, universities, and schools—including positions as present and former trustees, presidents, faculty, vice presidents, and other senior staff—each with a particular area of expertise in college, university and school leadership, and management. Its clients include independent and public institutions from the largest universities to the smallest colleges and schools in America and the world.
The Collaborative is an architectural, planning, landscape architectural, and interior design firm that specializes in design and planning for small, private colleges. The firm has worked on over 550 major projects at 70 institutions throughout the country. The Collaborative’s portfolio includes campus master plans, student unions, academic buildings, athletic/recreation centers, and campus beautification projects. Founded in Toledo, Ohio, in 1973, with an additional office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the firm is led by six principals who are hands-on in day to day project management. Its 45-person team is broken down into functional focus areas, creating experts in the areas of design solutions and project delivery mechanics.
The Dysart Group is a higher education consulting firm specializing in admissions, financial aid, and retention at colleges and universities. The group has worked with more than 160 institutions and has increased new student enrollments by as much as 70 percent in a single cycle, increased retention rates, and worked collaboratively to establish pricing and discount strategies that result in more revenue.
The Lawlor Group, Inc. is a full-service, award winning, higher education marketing firm that provides market research, strategic counsel, and integrated/interactive marketing communications services (print, web, digital/social, advertising, PR) to private, independent colleges and universities. The firm has served over 200 educational institutions, consortia, and associations since its founding in 1987, providing them with institutional marketing and enrollment management solutions that create distinction, enhance value, and achieve results. The firm also publishes The Lawlor Review, a critically acclaimed higher education marketing journal; Lawlor Perspective, a series of white papers for senior management and trustees; and Lawlor Focus, a monthly e-newsletter that explores topics relevant to college presidents and enrollment management, marketing, and communication professionals in higher education. In addition, Lawlor sponsors a series of professional development seminars and symposiums for higher education leaders during the course of the year, including the very popular annual Summer Seminar.
The Spelman & Johnson Group (SJG) is an executive search firm exclusively devoted to serving institutions of higher education. The firm leverages its knowledge of the higher education marketplace and the talent base of administrative leaders and managers to ensure successful search outcomes that meet the unique needs of the institutions with whom they partner. Since 1991, hundreds of institutions have relied upon SJG for search assistance to fill critical positions in academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, financial administration, and advancement. To each search assignment they bring an unrivaled commitment to quality matched with an understanding of leadership and the importance each hiring decision has on expanding the capacity of an institution.
Voya Financial helps Americans plan, invest, and protect their savings to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible one person, one family, one institution at a time, Voya's vision is to be America's retirement company. The company is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically, and ethically responsible. Voya has been recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine.
Williams & Company provides executive search services specializing in enrollment management and enrollment-related positions and enrollment consulting services designed to help colleges and universities achieve annual and strategic enrollment goals consistently and reliably.
For over 40 years, Witt/Kieffer has been a leader in executive search for education and healthcare. Witt/Kieffer ranks among the top executive search firms nationwide and is the single largest firm specializing in senior-level executive search assignments for higher education, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations. Witt/Kieffer’s mission is to identify outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Witt/Kieffer clients include major colleges and universities, arts and cultural organizations, national associations, leading hospitals and health systems, physician group practices, sub-acute and long-term care facilities, and managed care and insurance companies.
Yaffe & Company, Inc. is an independent, privately-owned, boutique consulting firm focused on strengthening governance at independent colleges and universities as well as hospitals and health systems. The firm provides a complete and comprehensive view of executive compensation that supports other critical aspects of governance. They excel in bringing data and relationships together to facilitate constructive conversations that lead to meaningful outcomes. The firm’s service areas include: executive compensation; contracts; performance assessments & 360s; deferred compensation; and leadership development, succession, and transition.