CCIC Announces New Leadership

The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jennifer Widness as the next President of the organization. Widness replaces Judith Greiman who has led CCIC for over 17 years and who will be assuming a new role at Stony Brook University as Chief Deputy to the President, effective July 1st. Widness begins her new role on June 22nd.

“Judy has been a strong champion of CCIC’s member institutions for the past 17 years, advocating at the state and federal level to strengthen financial aid programs for students and working to bring about a greater understanding of the impact and contributions of independent colleges and universities in Connecticut. Members of CCIC’s Board of Directors and I, are confident that Jennifer is the best person to continue that great work as the next President of CCIC,” said CCIC incoming Board chairman and chair of the search committee, University of Hartford president, Walter Harrison.

“One of Connecticut’s greatest assets is the strength and diversity of its independent college sector.  I look forward to capitalizing on Judy’s great work and continuing to advocate on behalf of CCIC's member institutions and the students who attend them,” said Widness.
Also assuming a new role at CCIC will be Maura Provencher. Provencher, who currently serves as a part-time Project Manager, will become full-time effective July 1st as the organization’s Director of Programs and Operations.
About Jennifer Widness | Jennifer Widness joined CCIC as Vice President in January 2011 and since then has served as the organization’s primary liaison at the state Capitol during the legislative session educating lawmakers and their staff regarding issues that affect independent colleges in Connecticut.  Prior to joining CCIC, Jen worked at the State Department of Education as a staff attorney and legislative liaison and as an associate at Carmody and Torrance, LLP.  Prior to attending law school, Jen worked in public policy for a national non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.

Jen earned her law degree, cum laude, from American University in Washington, D.C. and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. 

About Maura Provencher | Maura Provencher joined CCIC in 2013 as Project Manager, bringing more than sixteen years of experience in non-profit management, most recently as the Director of Outreach for a state-wide organization serving over 7,000 members.

Maura is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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