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Ithaca College President Tom Rochon Elected to cIcu Board of Trustees

 ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College president Tom Rochon was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), an organization that represents the more than 100 private, not-for-profit higher education institutions in New York on issues of public policy.

“Independent colleges and universities are especially important in New York, granting approximately two-thirds of all bachelor’s degrees in the state,” said Rochon. “Though diverse in nature, the private institutions are united in their commitment to excellence and are highly collaborative in sharing their best ideas with each other. For that reason, I am pleased and honored to have been elected to the cIcu Board of Trustees.”

The mission of the cIcu is to develop consensus among its members and advance higher education public policy at the state and federal levels. The board represents executive-level participation from colleges and universities in every region of New York State and highlights the diversity of institution type and size within New York’s independent sector of higher education.

Rochon joined Ithaca College as its eighth president in July 2008, after five years as executive vice president and chief academic officer at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He previously served as executive director of the Graduate Record Examinations program at the Educational Testing Service, dean of the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University, and assistant master of Dean Mathey College at Princeton University.

For more information on the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, visit or contact Terri Standish-Kuon at 518-436-4781 or