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Governor Hogan Proclaims February 13, 2019 is Independent Higher Education Day

Maryland Independent College and University Association

February 13, 2019


Earlier today, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed February 13, 2019 “Independent Higher Education Day in the State of Maryland” in recognition of the successful partnership between the State of Maryland and its independent colleges and universities. This declaration commends the State’s independent institutions for their contributions to workforce development, scientific discoveries, global competitiveness, civic participation, and service to community.

For more than two centuries, Maryland’s independent colleges and universities have partnered with the State to increase educational opportunities, expand college access, and support local businesses. Shortly after the American Revolution, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill granting a charter to Washington College, which embraced a mission to “educate citizens for the vital task of democracy.” Within two years, the General Assembly chartered St. John’s College as an institution of higher learning. These two private, nonprofit institutions formed the foundation of Maryland’s system of higher education with campuses on the Eastern Shore and the Western Shore.

Today, Maryland boasts a distinctive and diverse array of 13 private, nonprofit institutions of higher education that are committed to serving the public missions of education, research, and the advancement of knowledge.

In celebration of Independent Higher Education (IHED), over 150 MICUA students and campus leaders participated in a day-long celebration, which included a presentation on Maryland’s legislature provided by MICUA and visits with elected officials to thank them for their support of Maryland’s diverse system of higher education and student financial aid.

Roger Casey, Chair of the MICUA Board of Trustees and President of McDaniel College also informed attendees that United States Senator Christopher Van Hollen was the recipient of the 2019 Presidents’ Award in honor of his unparalleled leadership and remarkable public service in support of quality higher education.


MICUA is a non-profit organization which serves thirteen of Maryland’s highly distinctive and influential independent higher education institutions that serve 64,200 students annually at more than 180 locations throughout the State.

MICUA serves: Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, St. John’s College, Stevenson University, Washington Adventist University, and Washington College.