Welcome New Board Members

June 7, 2018

Welcome to the new board members that will be joining the Coalition in the coming weeks:

 Terri Standish-Kuon, Ph.D., vice president of public affairs for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York, has been selected following a national search as the next president and chief executive officer of Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW). ICW’s current president, Violet A. Boyer, will retire June 30 after 20 years leading the organization.

Standish-Kuon has served for more than 25 years with the CICU in New York and has a deep knowledge of higher education public policy, especially the value of independent higher education. In her current role as vice president of public affairs, Standish-Kuon leads a team focused on research, policy analysis, government relations and communications. She recently completed a term on the board of the State-National Information Network, an affiliate of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives.

Standish-Kuon will begin her role as president and CEO of ICW in July, leading the nonprofit in its efforts to reinforce the importance of higher education and postsecondary attainment goals in she state of Washington and raising awareness about the essential role that private, liberal arts-based colleges and universities play in the overall quality and diversity of Washington’s higher education landscape.


Louis Manzione, dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), has been named president of the Association of Independent Colleges of New Jersey and the Independent College Fund of New Jersey, two key independent higher education organizations in New Jersey.

Dr. Manzione will assume the role of president of the organizations in July 2018, succeeding JB Wilson who has led the organizations for the past 28 years. President-elect Manzione remarked that, “I am honored to be serving AICUNJ and ICFNC and I believe our collective work is critical for each of the 65,000 students at our fourteen colleges and universities and that the welfare and quality of life of all New Jersey residents are dependent upon our success. It is great to be coming home to New Jersey, and I am eager two work with Governor Murphy, the state legislature, and our state’s business and corporate leaders.”



Thomas P. Foley is set to step down as president of Mount Aloysius College to take on a new role in July — president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

The organization serves as the voice of about 90 private colleges and universities across the state — including Carlow, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Duquesne, Geneva, La Roche, Point Park, Saint Vincent, Seton Hill, Robert Morris, Washington and Jefferson, and Waynesburg in Western Pennsylvania.

Foley, who chairs the association board, was named at the group’s annual meeting this week to succeed Don Francis, who will retire as president June 30 after more than 25 years with AICUP.

Barbara K. Mistick, who will succeed Foley in chairing the board, said his “deep knowledge of higher education, extensive administrative experience, and credibility among institutions throughout the Commonwealth make him an ideal leader for AICUP.”

Foley has served since 2010 as president of Mount Aloysius, located in Cresson, Cambria County. He has served on the NCAA President’s Council and as a board member for two economic development groups in the Altoona-Johnstown market.

Previously, he worked for more than two decades in Harrisburg — where he served in two cabinet-level positions — and in Washington D.C., where he worked in both the executive and legislative branches.

“I look forward to continuing the important efforts to educate the community on the value and quality of education at Pennsylvania’s private institutions,” Foley said.