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March eNews

Wednesday, March 4, 2020  
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March 2020

Welcome to TICUA eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter intended to keep you informed about the latest Association activities. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone on your campus who might benefit from the newsletter.

Thanks to All Who Joined Us for the 64th TICUA Annual Meeting!

The 64th TICUA Annual Meeting was held February 18 and 19. The meeting was well attended by member presidents, select campus trustees, members of the TICUA Government Affairs Council, and the 2020 TICUA Executive Leadership Fellows.The day was packed with legal and policy information as well as visits from the top leadership of the Tennessee General Assembly.
ELI Pressnell Fellows Attend TICUA Annual Meeting
The ELI Pressnell Fellows attended the TICUA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 18th at the Waller Law offices in Nashville. In addition, the Fellows were provided with an indepth look at legal issues affecting private higher education.Jeb GerthandJulian Bibb, both partners with the firm, addressed topics which included title VII, Title IX and ADA compliance, as well as privacy issues and data security.

The March ELI session will be held at theLincoln Memorial University(LMU), DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Knoxville location with Dr. Clayton Hess, the president of LMU serving as Resident Dean.Dr. Paul Conn, president &Dr. Jerome Hammond, vp for university relations ofLee Universitywill be serving as Content Faculty focusing on advancement andDr. Timothy Caboni, president of Western Kentucky State University will be addressing communications.
TICUA Elects New Board Members

During the 64th TICUA Annual Meeting the member presidents elected new members to the TICUA Board of Directors.Dr. William Greer,president of Milligan College was elected Chairman to replace retiringDr. John Smarrelli,president emeritus of Christian Brothers University.Dr. Kevin Rome, president of Fisk University was elected to the Executive Committee in the position of Treasurer.

Other new members elected to the Board includeDr. Chris Hulin, president of Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia,Eric Robertson, president of Community Lift in Memphis,Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University, andDr. Dub Oliver,president of Union University.

Two current members of the TICUA Board of Directors were re-elected for another term. They includeMike Ragsdale, president of Tennessee Strategies andNancy Dishner, president of the Niswonger Foundation.

TICUA member presidents also celebrated the service of outgoing members of TICUA Board of Directors. They includeJ Kline,president of Watkins College,Dr. John McCardell, president of Sewanee: The University of the South, andDr. John Smarrelli, president emeritus of Christian Brothers University.

Read more about the TICUA Board of Directors by going to

Upcoming Webinar provided by The Coalition for College Cost Savings
Closing the Gaps: Understanding & Mitigating Your AP, Compliance, Data, and Cyber Risks

March 31, 1:00 Eastern:Hosted by FISCAL Technologies, IMA, and Paymerang

Organizations lose 5 percent of their annual revenue to fraud, according to the 2018 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Report to the Nations, and higher education institutions have increasingly become targets of mischievous electronic behavior. Although colleges and university continue to have strong Information Technology (IT) security programs, fraudsters and hackers are a threat to exposing electronic information.

You are invited to join forensic, automation, and insurance experts who will walk you through strategies to close the gaps that may exist in your financial systems, review steps you can take to mitigate and eliminate risk, and identify ways to protect yourself from incurring extensive costs related to breaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Name the biggest fraud risks today.
  • Identify the 5 KPIs that should be on everyone’s dashboard.
  • Learn how automation can streamline and help prevent fraud.
  • Recognize steps institutions can take now, in event of a breach later.

Who Should Attend?

College and university presidents, board of trustee members, CFOs, risk managers, business officers, controllers, and anyone involved in electronic security and risk mitigation. Feel free to forward to relevant individuals and/or invite colleagues to join you.

Inside Higher Ed:How College Leaders Should Prepare Their Campuses for the Coronavirus(Opinion)

What should leaders be doing to prepare their colleges if the situation worsens? Chuck Staben offers suggestions.

Predicting the path and impact of the coronavirus on colleges in the U.S. is impossible today. Nevertheless, the emergence of hot spots in South Korea, Iran and Italy has moved the world closer to potential pandemic. The U.S. government is responding by asking for $2.5 billion for prevention and response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just warned Americans that an outbreak is likely, without a prediction of place or time.

Continue readinghere.

Pressnell elected Vice Chair of National Advisory Committee

TICUA President, Dr. Claude Pressnell was elected Vice Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). Pressnell was initially appointed as a Member to the Committee in 2017 by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

NACIQI was authorized and reconstituted by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. NACIQI provides recommendations regarding accrediting agencies that monitor the academic quality of postsecondary institutions and educational programs for federal purposes.

Since it reconvened in 2010, NACIQI has been advising the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters concerning accreditation, the Secretary’s recognition process for accrediting agencies, and institutional eligibility for federal student aid, through the Committee’s public meetings. Throughout its tenure, NACIQI has reached out to the accreditation and higher education communities; researchers and policy makers; and interested members of the public, to engage in informed deliberation.

In addition to sending forward over two hundred recommendations to the Secretary regarding recognition of accrediting agencies, and four recommendations for degree approvals to Congress for military educational institutions, NACIQI has also issued three policy reports in 2012, 2015, and 2018; hosted forums on accreditation; and listened to over two hundred public comments.

Pressnell served as the Chairman of the NACIQI subcommittee which issued the 2018 policy report entitled Accreditation Policy Recommendations on Regulatory Reform.
NACIQI consists of 18 members, six members appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education, six by the U.S. House of Representatives and six by the U.S. Senate.

TICUA President Spotlight

Each month, TICUA will be highlighting new leaders at our member institutions. In our first edition, we would like to congratulate Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean, the current Interim President at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, on her new role. She served at the Executive Director of New Leaders, South Region, provided oversight to New Leaders programs across multiple states, and served as Executive Director of Large District Support for the Tennessee Department of Education. Dr. Johnson-Dean has immense experience in Public Education in several roles. She has worked as a teacher, principal and district administrator.

Save The Date

Registration opens mid-March

Ways to Save
TICUA wishes to thank the2020 Collegium Membersfor their partnership and support of its member institutions!

The2020 TICUA Collegium Membersinclude:

Amerescocan help TICUA member institutions meet energy saving and energy management challenges with an integrated comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy by leveraging budget neutral solutions, including energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs). For more information contact: Steven Seifried, Account Executive, +1 865 919-7785 /

Apogeeis higher education’s largest managed technology services provider whose services can help TICUA member institutions realize their strategic initiatives through wired and wireless (Wi-Fi) Networks, Video Services, and our cutting-edge Engage platform. For more information contact: Bryan Smith,

BKD’s higher education consultants will work with TICUA member institutions, offering higher education audit, tax, accounting and consulting services, including financial sustainability support. For more information contact: Nikki Kubly, CPA, 615.988.3587 /

BrownEdwards, has made private higher educational institutions a core focus of their firm and as such understands TICUA member institutions’ issues, challenges, and unique accounting and reporting requirements. For more information contact: Mark Woolwine, CPA, (540) 443-3606 /mwoolwine@becpas.comor John Hash, (540) 345-0936 /

Central Technologiesprovides comprehensive and innovative technology solutions which combine cutting edge technology and a drive for excellent service to provide TICUA member institutions with the best portfolio of solutions. For more information contact: Monica Farner, VP of Client Services, (615) 477-4900 / (865) 566-0230 /

HRPAssociates is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consulting firm that can help TICUA member institutions address their environmental needs and address regulatory requirements. For more information contact: Shaun Malin, Regional Manager, 864.289.0311 Ext. 1513 /

First Risk Advisorsin partnership withUnited Healthcareoffer TICUA member institutions with a variety of flexible offerings to meet both voluntary and mandatory student insurance plans. For more information contact: David Opperman, (267) 880-2300 /dopper@firstriskadvisors.comor Al Marinucci, (267) 880-2300 /

Metz Culinary Managementwill provide TICUA member institutions with both dining and environmental services. For more information contact: Jack Brill, VP for Business Development, (941) 993-9370 / (941) 554-4701 /

Niswonger Foundationwas founded in 2001 by businessman and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger. The Foundation's goal is to help prepare students in East Tennessee's rural school systems for the increasingly rigorous education necessary to compete for 21st century jobs. The Niswonger Foundation is not a traditional grant-making foundation, but an "operating" foundation with its own programs and projects. The majority of the Foundation's budget funds two primary programs – the Scholarship/Leadership Program and the School Partnership Program. For additional information visit thewebsite.

Transact Campusprovides TICUA member institutions with the opportunity to make their student and family experience mobile-centric, personalized and completely connected by providing integrated payments solutions; privilege management which give students a secure, convenient and mobile capability to participate and get access across campus; and the ability to make on- & off-campus purchases with stored value and declining balance accounts tied to student IDs. For more information contact: Jared Marber,

Waller’s attorneys will help TICUA member institutions develop and implement effective employment policies and procedures to reduce the risk of employment-related disputes. Their experience includes high-profile and confidential investigations involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and sexual misconduct, faculty and staffing contracting, education compliance (including Title IX, FERPA and CLERY), strategic oversight of educational activities and curricula, and Teach-Out requirements. They also assist higher education clients with recruitment and retention of international faculty members, administrators and physicians at academic medical centers. For additional information contact: Jeb Gerth, Partner, (615) 850-8180 /jeb.gerth@wallerlaw.comor Aron Karabel, Partner, 615) 850-8771 /

Millennium Advisory Services,Pentegra Retirement Plan Services,SageView Advisory Group Retirement Plan Consultants&TIAAserve as TICUA’s partners in its most recent collaboration – the TICUA 403(b) Multiple Employer Plan or the TICUA MEP. All TICUA member institutions are eligible for membership in the MEP, to date, five TICUA member institutions have joined. Membership in the MEP provides the following benefits: Significantly reduced fiduciary responsibility, no individual Form 5500 or individual audit, no individual plan document, increased focus on employee education and fiduciary advice, reduced administrative tasks for HR/benefits office, more protection with addition of fiduciary advisors, and for most members, a decrease in retirement plan fees. For additional information contact: Diane Berty, TICUA, 615-242-6400 /


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