President Jennifer Braaten Joins CIC Board of Directors

President Jennifer L. BraatenFerrum College President Jennifer Braaten Joins CIC Board of Directors

Ferrum, Va. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Jennifer L. Braaten, president of Ferrum College, was elected to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors during CIC’s annual Presidents Institute in Marco Island, Florida on January 4. Dr. Braaten’s three-year term runs from January 2014 to January 2017.

The CIC is a national organization that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

“The Council is pleased to have Jennifer Braaten as a Board member,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “CIC continues to implement many exciting new programs, projects, and services, and needs a strong Board of Directors to oversee their planning and execution. I am certain that Dr. Braaten will serve the Council admirably, and look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Braaten noted that her election to the CIC Board of Directors comes during a period when the role of the organization is becoming ever more important to its 600+ members. “The CIC will play a critical part in informing and helping guide its constituents through the landscape of challenges that are shaping the future of higher education,” said Braaten.  “It is an honor for Ferrum College and for me to be asked to serve the CIC at this decisive time in our history.”


About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The College celebrates its centennial during 2013-2014. For more information, visit

About the Council of Independent Colleges: The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and more than 90 higher education 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 also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit