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Chris Nelson named chairman of NAICU’s Board of Directors

St. John's College

February 6, 2017


St. John’s College President Chris Nelson may be a few months from retirement, but he continues to play a prominent national role in higher education.

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities on February 1 announced Nelson (SF70) as chairman of its Board of Directors.

“For nearly 26 years, Chris Nelson has been an articulate and outspoken advocate for a liberal arts education and for private, nonprofit colleges and universities,” NAICU President David L. Warren said in a statement. “Chris’ experience and leadership, in combination with the other new board members, will be critical over the next 12 months as NAICU and our members navigate the political leadership transition in Washington. Over the next year, as new opportunities and challenges arise, the Association will be well positioned for success with our new leadership team.”

Since 1976, the Association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, from student aid and taxation to government regulation. It has more than 1,000 member institutions and associations nationwide.