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President Farley elected to CIC Board of Directors


Illinois College President Barbara A. Farley has been elected to the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors to serve a three-year term.

I am honored to serve this valuable organization and work alongside many respected leaders in higher education who share my belief in the importance of independent colleges, such as Illinois College.
President Barbara A. Farley

“The Council is pleased to have President Farley as a Board member,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “CIC continues to implement many new programs, projects and services and needs a strong Board of Directors to oversee their planning and execution. I am certain that Dr. Farley will serve the Council admirably, and I look forward to working with her.” 

CIC is the only national higher education association that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources. 

“I am honored to serve this valuable organization and work alongside many respected leaders in higher education who share my belief in the importance of independent colleges, such as Illinois College,” said Farley. “I look forward to collaborating in ways that benefit our students and our institutions nationwide.” 

Since becoming the 14th president of Illinois College in 2013, President Farley has defined a vision for the College to inspire achievement and empower students to make a difference in the world. Under her leadership, the College has reached new heights in donor engagement and giving, celebrated breakthroughs in academic innovation, upgraded its world-class learning facilities and experienced a 10-year high in enrollment. 

President Farley’s professional experience spans five institutions, where she has taught and provided leadership in higher education since 1985. Her most recent role prior to IC was vice president of academic affairs and dean of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is active nationally in higher education, currently serving as chair of the board for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. She served previously as president of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, as part of the Tax Policy Committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and on the Executive Committee for the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities.

Farley is one of five directors elected by the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors during its January meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her term will run from January 2019 to January 2022.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. 


About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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