The Council of Independent Colleges Honors Dr. Debbie Cottrell

September 14, 2017

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The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will award TLU Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Debbie Cottrell their prestigious Chief Academic Officer honor for her significant contribution to academic leadership and enhancing the role and work of the private college chief academic officer. Dr. Cottrell will receive the award at the annual Institute of Chief Academic Officers meeting this November in San Antonio. 

During this event, the CIC Institute examines challenges facing academic administrators today including stresses on shared governance, expanded definitions of faculty work, public challenges to free speech inside and outside the classroom, relentless pressure from social media to respond to campus events rapidly and publicly, campus cultures that are not as diverse or inclusive as desired, and the need to take prompt action against incidents of sexual assault. 

"TLU is proud that Dr. Cottrell has been chosen by her peers from all the chief academic officers nationwide to receive this recognition," said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. "It comes as no surprise to those of us who witness her leadership and service every day.”

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 750 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. 

CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conference of college and university presidents. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities.

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