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Independent Higher Education Day

This year, MICUA brought together almost 100 college students and administrators from MICUA member institutions to celebrate the strength and continued success of the students in independent higher education in Maryland, as well as the funding of the Sellinger Program. 

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed February 24, 2021 Maryland Independent Higher Education Day (IHED) and encouraged the people of Maryland to support independent institutions. This year, IHED was virtual due to the pandemic. We hope to be together in person in Annapolis next year!

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 private, nonprofit institutions of higher education that are committed to serving the public missions of education, research, and the advancement of knowledge.

MICUA hosted IHED 2021 virtually via Zoom Webinar. Andrea Chapdelaine, PhD, Chair of the MICUA Board of Trustees and President of Hood College, provided welcoming remarks; then Senate President Bill Ferguson delivered a keynote address. President Ferguson is a native to Maryland, born and raised in Silver Spring, and he currently represents District 46 in Baltimore City. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, he holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. President Ferguson described the path by which he went from classroom teacher to law student to politician to one of the youngest presiding officers in the State Senate. He spoke of both inspiring and humbling experiences along the way, and he challenged everyone in the room to demand nothing but the best of themselves, their colleagues, and their leaders. He had time for a few questions, and the students responded passionately and appreciatively to his remarks.

Following President Ferguson’s remarks, Sara Fidler, President of MICUA, gave a PowerPoint presentation that included key facts about MICUA and MICUA’s operating and capital budget requests, as well as tips and tricks to help the students successfully lobby members of the Maryland General Assembly. MICUA encouraged students to tweet about IHED and to tag pictures of themselves with legislators. Students arranged almost 100 meetings with members of Maryland’s General Assembly. MICUA institutions met with every committee in the legislature. When students were not in virtual meetings, they were invited to participate in the MICUA "hangout room" on Zoom to connect with each other and to share their experiences. 

Some key points the students shared with Legislators included:

  • Expressing gratitude for past support of the Sellinger Program and the MICUA capital projects, as well as appreciation that the Legislator is willing to share time with them during IHED.
  • Telling the Legislator how they have personally experienced and/or benefitted from Sellinger funds or from a capital project on their campus.
  • Offering demographic information regarding MICUA institutions.
  • Sharing how their education has been personally impacted by COVID, and how they have risen above these challenges.
  • Asking the Legislator if they have any questions for them or if there is any additional information that they could provide to help them to support full funding of the Sellinger Program this year.
  • Thanking the Legislator for their strong leadership on issues that are important to independent higher education and letting them know that their continued support truly makes a difference in their life.

“Independent Higher Education Day is such an important opportunity for MICUA institutions to share with our elected officials all the great activities happening on our campuses. We knew we needed to find a way to still make it happen this year,” stated President Chapdelaine. “This is a day to celebrate our students and their accomplishments, as well as express our deep gratitude for the long-standing public-private partnership between MICUA and the State. While IHED will be virtual this year, I look forward to the day when all of our institutions can be back in Annapolis, in person.”


Featured below are photos of Independent Higher Education Day 2021:

Source: Capitol Technology University

Source: McDaniel College


Featured below are photos of MICUA students on Independent Higher Education Day 2020:

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Campus Presidents and their students chat with Legislators at the Legislative Breakfast Reception at the Governor Calvert House. 
Students gathered in the Maryland State House on their way to meet with Legislators. 
Goucher College President Kent Devereaux and students at their meeting with Delegate Mangione.
Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine gives the opening remarks in the Governor Calvert House Ballroom. 


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Students and administrators from Hood College gathered in the Maryland State House.
Students from the Maryland Institute College of Art wait to meet with Senator Cory McCray.
Mount St. Mary’s President Tim Trainor, Bill Davies, and students assembled in the Mike Miller Senate Building.
McDaniel College President Roger Casey and students pictured with their mascot, the Green Terror, in the House of Representatives.

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Manager of Business Operations Biography

Ashley Swift

Ashley Swift serves as the Manager of Business Operations for the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA). She attended McDaniel College, a MICUA member institution, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She enjoys working with an association whose mission provides a positive impact on the State and the students served.

Job Opening: Associate Vice President for Government and Business Affairs

Associate Vice President for Government and Business Affairs – The Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA), a non-profit association which has as its mission the collective representation and coordination of independent higher education in Maryland, is seeking an experienced government affairs individual to assist in providing public policy leadership in support of higher education, as well as coordinating and facilitating partnerships and engagement with the business community.    

The successful candidate must have the ability to manage a diversity of internal and external constituencies, effective public speaking, the capacity for hard work in an intense and challenging environment, and an understanding and appreciation of the nature of independent higher education and the issues important to academe.  In addition to public policy leadership, the Associate Vice President is responsible for assisting with the monitoring of the State budget and fiscal outlook, coordinating State aid programs, reviewing federal and State legislation and regulations, representing MICUA on various state and national policy forums, testifying before legislative committees, assisting with communications, and handling other projects as assigned by the President. 

The Associate Vice President for Government and Business Affairs reports to the President.  The Associate Vice President is responsible for public policy leadership in support of independent higher education and assists in liaising between MICUA and various public bodies, including the Governor’s Office, the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Department of Budget and Management.   As a member of the MICUA executive team, the Associate Vice President assists the President in all operations of the Association and fulfills the duties of President or Executive Vice President when necessary. 


The Associate Vice President performs the following duties:

  • Assists with lobbying elected officials in support of independent higher education;
  • Monitors the State budget and fiscal outlook;
  • Coordinates State aid programs in collaboration with the Senior Research Analyst;
  • Coordinates and assists the MICUA capital projects submission process in collaboration with the Executive Vice President;
  • Reviews federal and State legislation and regulations;
  • Prepares written and oral testimony in collaboration with the Executive Assistant;
  • At the direction of the President or the Executive Vice President, testifies before committees of the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the Department of Budget and Management; 
  • Represents the Association on several State and national committees and various policy forums;
  • Works with National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and other national organizations on issues impacting independent higher education;
  • Assists with convening and coordinating meetings with various campus-based affinity groups;
  • Facilitates collaboration among institutions of higher education to reduce costs or increase revenues;
  • Coordinates with the Senior Research Analyst for the preparation and production of various financial and accountability reports;
  • Assists in responding to inquiries from institutions, federal and state agencies, national organizations, and the general public regarding independent higher education; 
  • Surveys member institutions on key issues, assesses responses, and assists in formulating MICUA policy; 
  • Explores and facilitates engagement and partnership opportunities with the business community;
  • Brokers consortium arrangements and pricing opportunities for the MICUA institutions;
  • Assists with special projects; and
  • Handles other responsibilities as assigned by the President.


A masters degree in a related discipline or juris doctor is required.  At least 5 years of experience in a related field is preferred.  A candidate is expected to exhibit a proven history of competence in management, progressive experience with public policy development, and strong written and oral communication skills.  

MICUA pays competitive salaries and offers a full range of benefits, including health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance.  Please email a resume and a letter of interest that includes three professional references and salary requirements to:  Ashley Swift, Manager of Business Operations, at aswift@micua.org.  Candidates may also submit letter(s) of recommendation for consideration.  The position remains open until filled; however, letters of interest must be received by September 1, 2020, to guarantee full consideration.  MICUA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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Please view the individual links below for specific information about CARES Act Reporting from each MICUA member institution.

Capitol Technology University  
Goucher College

Hood College
Loyola University Maryland
Maryland Institute College of Art https://www.mica.edu/financial-aid/graduate-loans-scholarships-fellowships/cares-grant/ 
McDaniel College
Mount St. Mary's University
Notre Dame of Maryland University


St. John's College
Stevenson University
Washington Adventist University
Washington College

To view more information on the CARES Act Reporting Requirements, click here

Please contact Stephanie Thomas, Director of Communications, at sthomas@micua.org with any updates or questions.



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