Washington, D.C. — The membership of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has selected Baird Tipson, president of Washington College, to the NAICU Board of Directors.
NAICU is the leading national association representing private higher education, serving as the unified voice of nearly 1,000 independent college and university presidents, and specialized, state, and regional association executives. NAICU member institutions enroll nine of every 10 students attending a private college or university in the United States.
Members of NAICU's board of directors set the association's agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association's financial administration. Members serve three-year terms.
"Baird Tipson was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America's college students," said NAICU President David L. Warren. "He assumes his responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education."
"The federal budget deficit, growing student financial need, increasingly competitive global economy, and today's culture of accountability are among the dynamics affecting higher education" Warren said.
Tipson has been president of Washington College since 2004. Prior to joining the university he served as president of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He served as President of the North Coast Athletic Conference and as president of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Board. He also is past president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.
Tipson is currently Chairman of the Centennial Athletic Conference, and is a member of the board of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Independent College Fund of Maryland, and Maryland Independent College and University Assocation.
In addition to serving as President, Tipson also is a professor of religion at Washington College. He and his wife Sarah have two grown children.
January 29, 2008