Located in every region of the state, Ohio’s independent institutions include research universities, traditional liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, single-purpose institutions, religiously affiliated colleges, and a historically black university.
As missions vary, so do the learning environments that our campuses offer. Some independent colleges are primarily residential; others have no dormitories. Some independent institutions were formed out of the wilderness; others were created to meet the needs of their 20th century urban communities. Regardless of their histories and locations, independent institutions have enhanced the quality of life of the communities in which they are located and the quality of life in Ohio.
Robert P. Burke - Director of Research
Since coming to AICUO, Bob has made presentations to national higher education association research meetings as well as meetings of the Ohio Association for Institutional Research and Planning and the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He came to AICUO from the University of Notre Dame, where he worked for and occasionally directed a faculty development and research administration institute. He has additional experience in management, city planning, and communications in nonprofit organizations and municipal government in Boston. He holds degrees from Harvard College and the University of Notre Dame. He is also an experienced choral singer and, although retired after 32 years as a football referee, remains active in officiating as a timer for men's and women's basketball at an AICUO member university.
Stacey M. Dorr - Director of Public Relations
She serves as liaison to many statewide groups including the Ohio Private College Admissions Directors group, the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC), and the Independent College Advancement Associates, and was recently honored with the New Member Award from OACAC for her work over the past five years on their Annual Conference.
Stacey oversees the annual AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts and the Art Awards Coordinator internship at AICUO. She has presented her work with grassroots campaigns during a budget crisis and campus emergency preparedness to national groups including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives State-National Information Network. Stacey is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as a mentor for college students interested in beginning a career in public relations.
C. Todd Jones - President and General Counsel
Todd joined AICUO after serving nearly four and a half years as a member of the Bush administration in the U.S. Department of Education. During his final three years, Todd oversaw policy development and budgeting for over $110 billion in federal spending as the Associate Deputy Secretary for Budget. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) managing 670 staff in a dozen offices, including a period where he was delegated the functions of Assistant Secretary for OCR. While working at OCR, Todd served simultaneously as Executive Director of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education. That commission’s recommendations served as the core framework for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
Before joining in the administration, Todd was the first President of the National Education Knowledge Industry Association, an association of researchers, educational developers, service providers, and entrepreneurs. He also served as an attorney on the staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In that capacity, he was the chief staff negotiator of the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, and helped develop legislation that was enacted as the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1998. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Counsel for the American Rehabilitation Association.
In January 2011, Todd was appointed to Ohio's State Board of Education by Gov. John Kasich. Todd was reappointed for a new, full four-year term in January 2013. In his first two years, he served as Chair of the Legislative and Budget Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Achievement Committee.
Todd holds a B.S.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Denver and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. Todd is a member of the Ohio, District of Columbia and Colorado Bars. Todd serves as Immediate Past Chair of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE), and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Todd is also Treasurer and a member of the board of the Crew Soccer Foundation.
Victoria A. McGillin, Ph.D.
Vicki McGillin joined AICUO in 2013 as Director of Institutional Collaboration. She leads the association’s programmatic, curricular and cost-containment collaboration initiatives. Vicki will also be working on potential collaborations with the state involving on-line learning. She is also responsible for prioritizing cost reduction and operational efficiency initiatives identified by the AICUO Collaborations and Shared Services Task Force, developing academic and non-academic inter-institutional collaboration agreement templates, recommending technology platforms and supporting course-sharing initiatives.
Before joining the association, Vicki served as Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Otterbein University, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Linfield College (OR), Associate Provost of Texas Womans University and as academic dean at both Wheaton College and Clark University, in Massachusetts. Vicki has held faculty appointments at these institutions as well as at the University of Connecticut. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. She has presented and published extensively in the areas of faculty development, academic advising and student retention. Vicki has held leadership positions in several national and regional higher education associations, including the Board of Directors of the National Academic Advising Association.
Locally, Vicki serves on both the Foundation Board and Board of Directors of Concord Counseling (Westerville) as well as Chair of the Grants Committee and on the Board of the Westerville Education Foundation.
J. Sue Moore - Office Manager
Sue Moore has served as AICUO’s Office Manager since December 2009. Sue is a graduate of Campbellsville University, where she received her BS Degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and Secretarial Science. Sue spent ten years teaching English and Business Office Education before accepting a position, at the urging of one of her former students, at the Ohio Statehouse. She spent five years in the House of Representatives and 16 years as a legislative aide and office manager for the President of the Ohio Senate. Her most satisfying achievement at the Statehouse was her work on Education Reform, which included her efforts in the passage of the PSEO option and open enrollment. Her responsibilities at AICUO include weekly bookkeeping duties, database management, meeting coordination, human resources management, office receptionist, and administrative assistant duties.
Emily Tully - Director of Government Relations
Emily Tully joined AICUO in 2014 after spending three years in Washington, D.C. as the Senior Policy Advisor for a Congressman from Ohio. Previous to working on Capitol Hill, Emily spent 5 years in state government working for two different members in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. Emily also managed a successful congressional campaign in 2010 before moving to D.C.
Emily is responsible for advocating AICUO's policy and regulatory priorities. As Director of Government Relations, she lobbies the executive and legislative branches on behalf of AICUO members and crafts policy to reflect member interests. Emily is also responsible for coordinating Independent College Day on Capitol Square.
Emily graduated from Ashland University in 2005 with a double major in speech communication and political science. Emily grew up surrounded by higher education with both of her parents employed in the field.