Dr. David L. Warren, the third president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) will step down after serving for 25 years, effective June 30, 2019.
NAICU is an organization that serves as the “unified” national voice of independent higher education and mirrors the diversity of private, nonprofit U.S. higher education institutions.
“It has been a true privilege to work with colleges and universities and to visit their campuses and meet with students,” Warren said. “I am proud of the fact that, working collaboratively with the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives, the NAICU Secretariat, our members, their students, others in higher education, and policy makers we realized critically important gains in federal financial aid, protecting the independence of our institutions, and achieving tax relief to help students and families afford a college education.”
Some of Warren’s accomplishments while NAICU president include advocating for tax benefits; helping lead the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill; creating CampusCares, a program centered around community service and civic engagement by America’s colleges and universities; and creating the University & College Accountability Network (UCAN).
“David has been the voice of America’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Washington for the past twenty-five years,” said Dr. Andrew Benton, president of Pepperdine University and chair of the NAICU Board of Directors. “We look forward to identifying the next person who will serve in that role, continue the policy work that has come to define NAICU’s excellence, and lead the association during the next phase of its history.”