The Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania, based in Harrisburg, Pa., is the only statewide organization that exclusively serves the interests of private higher education within the Commonwealth. AICUP complements and supports the work of campus leaders across the State. With a membership of 89 private colleges and universities, including three associate members, the Association provides a variety of services and programs tailored specifically to the needs and situations of independent higher education.
Among attendees at the Mount Aloysius AICUP board retreat are: Tom Foley, chair, Mount Aloysius College; Barbara K. Mistick, vice chair, Wilson College; Patrick Leahy, secretary/treasurer, Wilkes University; Janet Morgan Riggs, past president, Gettysburg College; David Coppola, research committee chair, Keystone College; Mark Volk, collaborating committee chair, Lackawanna College; James A. Troha, government relations liaison, Juniata College; Brian Keech, research university liaison, Drexel University; Lewis E. Thayne, NAICU liaison, Lebanon Valley College. Also attending are AICUP President, Don L. Francis, and past president of Villanova University, Reverend Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
AICUP’s mission is to educate policymakers, media representatives, and civic and corporate leaders about the benefits, value and quality education available at Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities. This educational effort is intended to secure government and philanthropic support for students and institutions in the independent sector. AICUP further works to create partnerships among its member institutions to enhance their programs and reduce their costs.