Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2011) – The members of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) have elected Daniel J. Carey, president of Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., as chair of the association’s board of directors. NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education. It serves as the unified voice of more than 1,000 independent colleges, universities, and specialized state and regional associations.
Carey was elected vice chair of the nearly 50-member board at the association’s annual meeting in early 2010, and served in that position for the past year. He now will serve a one-year term as board chair, effective with his election in February.
The NAICU board is composed almost entirely of presidents of private colleges and universities from across the nation. Carey was initially elected to the NAICU board by his peer presidents in 2008, to serve a three-year term representing the association’s Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin).
“Dan assumes leadership of the NAICU board at a time of virtually unprecedented challenge for higher education,” said David L. Warren, president of the association. “Funding for student aid and other higher education programs are under attack both in Congress and in our state capitals. As we navigate the troubled waters of the year ahead, Dan’s clear vision and steady hand will be invaluable.”
Carey has been president of Edgewood College since 2005, and previously served for nine years as president of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. A native of Panama, Iowa, Carey received his undergraduate degree from Benedictine College, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. He also has completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management and, in 1995, was awarded a Fulbright grant to study and observe educational developments and international education in Germany.
“This honor really speaks to the importance of schools like Edgewood College,” Carey said. “It places the College in direct relationship with policymakers at the national level. I’ve stayed engaged with NAICU through the years because of our commitment to financial aid for students and families, and for our efforts to protect the interests of private colleges and universities, and their ability to remain truly independent.”
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About Edgewood College
Located in Madison, Wis., Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition, with 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, nursing, and other fields, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit http://www.edgewood.edu.
About the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
NAICU’s members are the presidents of private non-profit colleges and universities, and associations serving subsets of those institutions. Institutions represented in the NAICU membership include major research universities, church-related colleges, historically black colleges, traditional liberal arts and science institutions, women’s colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions. Nationally, over three million students attend private colleges and universities. NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending U.S. private colleges and universities. Visit http://www.naicu.edu.