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June eNews: Campus Reopening Resources, Hall of Fame & More!

Thursday, June 4, 2020  
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June 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.


Campus Reopening Resources

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health, TICUA hosted a Zoom meeting on Thursday, May 28th to address issues affecting the Fall 2020 semester reopening.Watch the important presentationfrom Dr. Shelley Fiscus, MD, FAAC, medical director of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization program at the Tennessee Department of Health.Find all TICUA campus reopening guidance and resources on theTICUA COVID-19 website page.
TICUA Hall of Fame
Tennessee’s Independent Colleges and Universities are home to some of our state’s most distinguished and impressive residents— from Nobel laureates, Grammy-winning artists and Pulitzer Prize winners to faith leaders, entrepreneurs and government leaders.

The TICUA Hall of Fame will recognize these distinguished alumni, their indelible contributions to our state and country, and the institutions who helped shape them.

TICUA is requesting submissions to the inaugural class of the TICUA Hall of Fame! We are excited to begin sharing out the inductees in the very near future. More information can be foundhere.
ELI 2020 Final Session
The 2020 Executive Leadership Institute Fellows completed their final session May 13, virtually. The session focused on Leadership Transitions with Dr. Bob Fisher, president, Belmont University; Dr. Tommy Smith, president, Johnson University; Dr. Harley Knowles, president, Tennessee Wesleyan University; and, Dr. Alisa White, president, Austin Peay State University & Lee University alum, serving as content faculty. Each president shared their “leadership story” and responded to questions from the Fellows.

The Class of 2020 will graduate from the Institute on September 15th. Additionally, TICUA will celebrate the 5th anniversary of ELI. TICUA invites all ELI alums, content faculty, and TICUA member presidents to join in the celebration. Belmont University, and President Bob Fisher, will host these events.
Vendor Partner COVID-19 Resources

TICUA’svendor partnerscontinue to offer support as campuses strive to address the myriad of issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding these partners’ COVID-19 specific resources, include:

  • Ameresco: Ameresco helps organizations meet energy saving and energy management challenges with an integrated comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Apogee: Apogee is the only managed technology services provider focused exclusively on higher education.
  • BKD CPA & Advisors: BKD is a national CPA and advisory firm whose expertise includes accounting, risk management, technology, wealth management and forensic and valuation services.
  • BrownEdwards Accounting Firm: BrownEdwards offers traditional assurance and tax services as well as the latest in professional business advisory and consulting services.
  • BLR– Simplified Compliance: BLR assists institutions in developing their talent and in meeting compliance obligations, while adopting best practices and implementing the needed technologies to drive success today and tomorrow.
  • CapinCrouse: CapinCrouse, an accounting firm, also acts as a business advisor helping to ensure that institutions have the best financial, operational, and governance practices in place.
  • Credo: Credo is a comprehensive higher education consulting firm that specializes in working with independent colleges and universities addressing campus planning, strategic planning, enrollment & financial aid, student success, advancement, leadership development, and academic programming.
  • Convergint Technologies: Convergent Technology is an IT solutions provider to both the corporate and public sector focusing on supply, infrastructure services, data center, networking and security, cloud, support, and maintenance and Software licensing.
  • Direct Travel: Direct Travel is a privately-held company providing corporate travel, meetings and events, and leisure services.
  • E&I: E&I is the only member-owned, non-profit group purchasing cooperative focused on serving the needs of the educational community.
  • First American Equipment Finance (FAEF): FAEF provides project financing that helps organizations grow and achieve their goals.
  • HRP: HRP is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consulting firm.
  • HST-Interior Elements: HST is a Nashville based, full-service furniture dealership.
  • LBMC: LBMC Information Security provides IT assurance, technical security, and security consulting services to fortify your infrastructure.
  • Transact Campus: Transact partners with institutions to deliver a mobile-centric, personalized student and family experience both on and off-campus through market-leading transaction and privilege management software and innovative payment solutions.


Additionally, TICUA member institutions, as a result of legislative action, have the option of purchasing from State of Tennessee contracts. TheTN Smart Shopis an e-marketplace of active statewide contracts where member institutions can leverage the buying power of the state government to purchase goods and services.

As well,The Coalition for College Cost Savings, also offers their support. Visit TheCoalition’s Covid 19 Resources web pageto learn what Coalition program partners are doing to make their programs more accessible and flexible during this challenging time.

Some highlights:

  • Advice from Fastenal and E&I about purchasing PPE and disinfecting supplies
    Guidance from CastleBranch about screening employees and students as they return to campus.
  • Policy changes from UnitedHealthcare StudentResources to ensure participating students continue to receive top-notch physical and emotional care while away from campus.
  • Using FISCAL Technologies to keep your Accounts Payables safe from opportunistic fraudsters who are exploiting confusion as you move to remote operations.
  • Making payments to vendors, employees, and students from anywhere with Paymerang.
  • Policy adaptations for inter-collegiate sports coverage from Pan American Life Insurance Group.
  • Implementing Long Term Care employee benefits from AffinityLTC without face-to-face meetings.
  • IMA’s Covid 19 Alert Center offers up to the minute guidance on how to protect your college and its employees.


For more information about TICUA’s visitWays to SaveCollaborative Initiative or contactDiane Berty, VP orLaura Cornick, Director of Member Services.

TICUA President Spotlight

Each month, TICUA highlights leaders at our member institutions.This month we would like to welcomeCharles Fowler, who became the President ofCarson-Newman Universityin November 2019.Fowler previously served as senior pastor of Germantown Baptist Church in West Tennessee since 2010. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of University Relations at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, after more than 15 years in various roles including vice president for Enrollment Management, vice president for Development, and several others. In addition, he has taught at Mississippi State University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His other leadership roles have included serving on the board of trustees for the International Mission Board, Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Union University, Blue Mountain College and the Leadership Council for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, as well as being chaplain for the city of Germantown.