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President West named to NAICU board


February 7, 2017

For more information, contact:
Su Ofe
(334) 833-4515; news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Huntingdon President Named to NAICU Board

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West has been appointed to serve on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He is one of 14 new board members who assumed their responsibilities during the 2017 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., last week.

West represents Region VI for NAICU. Region VI encompasses independent colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration. Members serve three-year terms.

“It is both a privilege and an honor to represent the independent institutions of this region on the NAICU board,” said West. “I have long followed and believed in the work of NAICU and its state affiliates, ever since my father served as president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and helped found NAICU. Independent colleges and universities serve a crucial purpose in the life of higher education in this country, and NAICU and its state organizations support that work with fervor and zeal.”

West has served as president of Huntingdon College since 2003. He has been active in NAICU and its state affiliate, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU), serving as a member and as chairman of the executive committee of AAICU. He is currently serving as chair of the executive committee of the USA South Athletic Conference and as a member of the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors. West is an ordained elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America”  by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Suellen (Su) Ofe
Associate Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591