R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren was recently elected Chair of
the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia (CICV) board of directors for a
Lindgren, who previously served as CICV’s vice chair, said, “I am honored to serve
this dynamic organization, which represents so many excellent and diverse colleges
and universities throughout Virginia. Our primary goal at CICV is to help make quality
higher education more accessible and affordable to students and their families.”
Continuing to educate and seek ongoing support from constituents and legislators
for Virginia’s Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program will be a key priority for
CICV under Lindgren’s leadership. In 2009-2010, approximately 21,000 Virginia residents
were eligible to receive non-need-based tuition grants of $3,000 (undergraduate)
and $1,300 (graduate students in health professions).
Robert Lambeth, president of CICV and a 1971 alumnus of Randolph-Macon, said, “We
are grateful to have someone with President Lindgren’s exceptional leadership abilities
serve in this capacity. Not only is he an effective advocate for seeking support,
but he is passionate about increasing awareness of the invaluable role that liberal
arts colleges play in preparing students to succeed in today’s changing world.”
Since his arrival at Randolph-Macon in 2006, Lindgren has been actively involved
in numerous business and academic organizations. He currently serves on the board
of directors of the Greater Richmond Chamber, the Virginia Foundation for Independent
Colleges, the World Affairs Council of Richmond and on the advisory board of Virginians
for High Speed Rail. He also chairs the Virginia United Methodist Conference’s Association
of Educational Institutions, representing five United Methodist Colleges and one
secondary school in the Commonwealth. In July 2010, he was appointed to Governor
Bob McDonnell’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment,
which is tasked with recommending ways to improve college affordability, increase
higher education attainability in Virginia and increase the number of students studying
science, technology, engineering and math.
CICV, an association of 27 Virginia independent colleges and universities, was founded
in 1971 and works to promote the interests of non-profit, independent higher education
in Virginia. CICV is an active member of the National Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and works closely with them on matters relating
to federal legislation and funding of programs of importance to independent colleges.
CICV also sponsors Virginia College Week each summer, a statewide program offering
a series of free campus open houses and information sessions on admissions and financial
aid for secondary school students and their families.
Most recently, CICV instituted an innovative healthcare consortium chaired by Paul
Davies, Randolph-Macon’s associate vice president of finance. This consortium provides
its members with the ability to offer quality, affordable healthcare benefits while
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