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Jewell’s David Sallee named to NAICU leadership position
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 16, 2012

Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., has been named to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Members of NAICU’s board of directors set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration. There are 44 members of the board and they serve three-year terms.

“President Sallee was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadership and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “He assumes his responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”

According to the association’s web site, “NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private, nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business and other professions.” 

Dr. Sallee is the fourteenth president of William Jewell College, a national liberal arts institution located in Liberty, Mo. Since Dr. Sallee assumed the presidency in 2000, William Jewell has been named “Liberal Arts College of the Year” by TIME Magazine. The College has also been prominently and consistently ranked among the nation’s top institutions of higher learning, including rankings by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes Magazine and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. In 2011, Dr. Sallee received the Chief Executive Leadership Award from District VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He is the longest sitting president at any college or university in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Dr. Sallee was awarded a doctorate of philosophy in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 and a master of science in physical education in 1976 at Pittsburg State University. He earned a bachelor of arts in physical education from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1973, after spending two years at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

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