Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema has been named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
Chema will take his seat on the board Feb. 6, when the body meets in Washington, D.C.
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private, nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation.
“I am honored to be added to the board of NAICU,” Chema said. “I hope to contribute to the vital work that NAICU does on so many issues that directly affect students, faculty, families and the quality of the education independent colleges and universities provide in this country.”
With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business and other professions.
“President Chema was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadershipand commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “He assumes his responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”