News and Events

Annual Meetings Promotes Investing in Future

Lou Manzione Moderates NJBIZ Panel on Higher Education

Lou Manzione, President, Independent Colleges of New Jersey, prompted industry leaders to share their thoughts on ways to address the significant issues impacting higher education in New Jersey.  The panel included Steven Sirot, College Benefits Research Group; Samuel Conn, Ph.D., NJEdge; Jason Redd, Gibbons, P.C.; Craig Westman, Rutgers University-Camden. 

Panel member discussed a variety of issues and responded to audience questions on:

  • strategies to attract new college students to New Jersey
  • promotion of New Jersey colleges as the right fit for academic success
  • college affordability options
  • early access to career and workforce opportuntiies to fuel the talent pipeline
  • increased digitization in education
  • re-education of baby boomers due to downsizing/second careers
Read more about this event in the NJBIZ post conference article.

Independent Higher Education Gets Support at Annual Golf Outing

Supporting student choice in higher educatiion is serious business for the ICFNJ Board of Trustees.  On Monday, September 17th, the board sponsored Annual Golf Outing made setting a student's course for life the business of the day.  Foursomes teed off at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston to make a serious difference in the educational opportuntiies offered by its member colleges and universities...but even serious business can be tempered with a bit of fun.

Annual Spring Dinner Highlights Student Scholars as Beneficiaries

On June 6th, John B. Wilson was the recipient of the heartfelt accolades earned by spending a lifetime making a difference for New Jersey's independent colleges and their students.  The Annual Spring Dinner program showcased the talent, commitment and enthusiasm  of the students who have made the efforts worthwhile.
Honoree tributes for J.B. Wilson included the reading of a poem authored by Kearney Dietz, President, Arkansas' Independent Colleges & Universities; Dr. Hope Wiliiams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, presentation of a proclamation declaring Mr. Wilson an honorary southern gentleman, and comments by Richard A. Levao, Esq., President, Bloomfield College and Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, President, Saint Peter's University.

J. B. Wilson's 28 year tenure at ICFNJ/AICUNJ caps a 48 year career devoted to advancing higher education.  He has been a determined advocate communicating the value of the sector and tirelessly promoted federal and state support to help fund the independent colleges and their students.  Helping to raise and distribute more than $46 million, he has supported student success through access and affordability as the foundation for student persistence, academic achievement and degree attainment.  Thank you, Mr. Wilson.

ICFNJ gratefully acknowledges the support of the Annual Spring Dinner Sponsors.

The Talent Pipeline Conference Explores Options for Career Planning

A Day on the Hill focuses on Value of Independent Higher Education in New Jersey

Student Government Leadership Summit

Economic Impact Report Yields Important News for State

For news coverage, click on following:

Should NJ private colleges get public money? New report makes case
Adding It Up: Economic Impact of New Jersey's Private Colleges

New Jersey Higher Education Recognizes Secretary Rochelle Hendricks

TAG and EOF -- Grateful Graduates


The Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) programs not only enabled thousands of New Jersey students to attend college, but made it possible for them to graduate as well. Those graduates, who are using their degrees to build new lives and new careers, say "thank you" to everyone who makes TAG and EOF possible.