Willamette President to Lead NAICU Committee

M. Lee PeltonLee Pelton, president of Willamette University, has been appointed chair of the Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for 2003-04. In this position, he will also serve on the executive committee of the association's board of directors. His one-year appointment will be ratified Jan. 29 by member college and university presidents at the NAICU 2003 annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29.

Pelton, who was elected to the NAICU board of directors for a three-year term in 2001, is one of 11 board members who serve on the association's executive committee. The executive committee leads the board in establishing NAICU's priorities for the coming year and developing guidelines for achieving the association's objectives.

The Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations helps the board to develop strategies for developing and sharing information about the individual and societal benefits of private higher education with policymakers, the news media, and the general public.

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. With nearly 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.

NAICU members enroll 85 percent of all students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.