2019-20 Affiliates


Anbaric is an Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) platform company with a mandate to invest $2 billion or more in energy assets. With a focus on energy efficiency, advanced district energy systems, renewables, and intelligent energy management, Anbaric works with industry-leading vendors. Anbaric finances these projects with competitive capital from OTPP and has a proven track record of carrying out large infrastructure projects. Anbaric brings vast expertise to help colleges and universities across the country modernize their energy infrastructure today to lower power costs and achieve ambitious clean energy goals tomorrow. While Anbaric works on building the smart energy campus system of the future, institutions can continue to focus resources on the number one priority: student success.

Contact: Soam Goel, Lead Partner, Distributed Energy 


As higher education’s largest provider of managed technology services, Apogee helps colleges and universities align their technology goals within their strategic plans. Its comprehensive Managed Campus Suite includes campus-wide network services that connect the campus to enhance learning outcomes, video that transforms the way students learn, and new digital engagement technologies that captivate students. Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater return on their IT investments and increases student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability. Find out more at Apogee at

Contact: Lucas Seelig, Director of Business Development, 512-717-0846

Associated Safetygroup Management

Associated Safetygroup Management specializes in providing custom workers’ compensation plans specifically for educational institutions.

ASM manages and operates the only safety group for higher education schools in the state of New York. A safety group is a fully guaranteed, totally encompassing workers’ compensation program. The program not only handles all aspects of coverage and operation, but also offers unparalleled value due to its industry leading dividend program. For anything related to workers’ compensation law or your individual policy, ASM becomes your one and only call.  Lower cost, unequaled service, no headaches. Let ASM solve your comp puzzle for you.

For more information call Michael Cerbone, Vice President, Associated Safetygroup Management,, 1-631-271-0041,

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

More than 300 higher education and research institutions across the United States rely on Baker Tilly to address strategic and tactical concerns. We deliver customized solutions for auditing, tax, and consulting needs from a dedicated higher education practice. Our industry focus in higher education assures clients that their engagements with Baker Tilly will always be staffed with qualified and experienced personnel. Our team’s knowledge of the unique higher education culture allows us to effectively collaborate with management, internal audit functions, boards, and audit committees.

Contact: Dave Capitano, National Practice Leader Higher Education, (717) 718-6918; Ellen Labita, Partner - New York Higher Education Services, (631) 719-3232.

Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP

Bond, Schoeneck & King, with 250 lawyers, has served colleges and universities in New York State, and throughout the United States, for more than 75 years. Among the firm’s wide array of award-winning practices is its higher education and collegiate sports practice groups, with more than 30 lawyers. Bond is highly-regarded for its professionalism and integrity, its problem-solving capability and the delivery of cost effective legal services attuned to the legal, strategic and business needs of its higher education clients. Learn more about our Higher Education Practice Group.

Contact: Shelley Sanders Kehl, Co-Chair of the Higher Education Practice, 646- 253-2341; Phil Zaccheo, Co-Chair of the Higher Education Practice, 315-218-8113

Campus Logic

CampusLogic transforms the way higher education delivers student financial services with the first—and only—comprehensive platform. Easy. Mobile. Personalized. CampusLogic’s innovative software removes barriers from the student finance journey for a faster, more efficient path to enrollment and retention. In 2017 alone, schools used the CampusLogic platform to send nearly 1 million mobile award offers, 2.6 million text messages, 3.3 million emails to students, and processed 8.6 student files. More than 440 schools serving 3 million students boost enrollment, streamline efficiencies, and improve retention by using CampusLogic to simplify the student financial services journey. For more information visit

Contact: Steven Morris, 215-962-2834

CBY Systems, Inc.

CBY Systems, Inc. (CBY) is a 92 year old Consumer Reporting Agency located in PA.  We have provided Employment Screening Services/Background Checks since the 1950’s and expanded nationally/internationally in 1995.  We serve clients throughout the United States including over 80 colleges and universities.  Our longevity in the industry has provided us first-hand experience of growing along with the industry to have a passionate understanding of why the compliance requirements are in place.  As such we prefer to provide Primary Source information but do offer Database searches for clients who request them.   CBY provides easy to read reports with 1-3 day turnaround time through a State-of-the-Art ordering/delivery portal that integrates with most HRIS/ATS software programs.  Our approach is to provide a valuable service not merely a product on a transactional basis.  CBY’s philosophy is to be an extension of your HR Department not just a vendor.  Our clients will testify that the reason they continue to use CBY is our exceptional Customer Service to be available, responsive and provide resolution to any and all requests.  Those same clients routinely compare us to other vendors but choose to remain with CBY.  As members of the CDIA and NAPBS we strictly adhere to the FCRA and all Local, State and Federal Laws including providing Adverse Action solutions. 

Contact: Steve Gohn, President/Sales, 800-717-4229 x231 or

Collegis Education

Collegis is an enrollment growth management company with integrated marketing and technology solutions that help colleges and universities attract, enroll, and retain students.   Their customized solutions span the full lifecycle of the student journey - from marketing portfolio management and prospective student engagement to student experience and course development services.

Contact: Drew Melendres, Vice President of Partner Strategy, 512-784-6926


With over 30 years of experience servicing mid-market and Global 1000 customers across the US, ComSource harnesses technology to redefine what is possible.  At ComSource, we’re technology advocates providing collaboration, data center, security, and networking solutions complemented by our hands-on expertise in professional, financial, and managed services.  Acting as your advocate, we’re the people behind your technology… designing for you and working with you to turn what was once a possibility, into reality.  Let us show you how technology can deliver a better experience—for you, your employees, your customers, your family, your community.  People • Technology • Possibility. Experience the ComSource difference, visit us today at

Contact: Michael Fay, Executive Vice President, 315-682-4115, or Alexander Lee, Business Development Coordinator, 315-682-3413,

Constellation, an Exelon Company - A CICU Collaborative Partner


Credo has partnered with independent college and university presidents, cabinets, and board members around the country for more than 20 years, using their team of interdisciplinary experts to develop, research, implement, and help teams go farther faster and more efficiently. Informed by a holistic approach to institutional health, Credo delivers action and results in strategic planning, campus planning, student success, marketing, enrollment, architecture, and research.

Credo understands the unique challenges independent institutions face, as well as add context to the cultural, societal, and economic pressures influencing change. They believe in the importance of independent institutions in the national landscape, and know that with smart, data-driven strategies designed to lift up your mission and propel your vision, independent higher education can grow and thrive through any challenge. 

Contact: Emma Jones, Chief Brand Officer, 336-603-6017

Cullen and Dykman

Cullen and Dykman is a full-service law firm that has been providing legal services to clients for more than 170 years.

Cullen and Dykman’s Higher Education practice group is a multidisciplinary team committed to helping colleges and universities navigate the ever-changing higher education landscape. Our attorneys are experienced in various areas affecting academic institutions, including regulatory compliance, labor and employment, governance, corporate transactions, bond financing, tax, intellectual property, real estate, construction, environmental, data privacy and cybersecurity, internal investigations, advising distressed institutions, and litigation. Mindful of the economic realities facing academic institutions, our focus is on providing practical solutions to complex legal problems that avoid unnecessary burden and expense.

Our attorneys are well known for their experience in their areas of practice and many members of our firm have earned national recognition. Several of our attorneys serve as adjunct professors at colleges and universities and as lecturers for continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and trainings; and, like our higher education clients, we take pride in helping to foster growth and innovation in our local communities.

Click here to download a brochure about our Higher Education practice group. Contact: Brian Fitzgerald, Albany Partner-in-Charge, 518-788-9401 or, James G. Ryan, 516-357-3750 or, or Kevin P. McDonough, 516-357-3787 or


Leading a board, committee, or task team with students, faculty, alumni, or administration as team members is tough work.   Keeping team members engaged, informed, and moving in the same direction is a must, but you can't overwhelm their inboxes or burden them with using complicated software.  Lead your group confidently and efficiently with Cureo's affordable and easy-to-use engagement hub.  You'll get all the tools you need to organize and manage the work of the group, including discussion boards, file sharing, task management, shared calendars, channels, and others.  And because the platform integrates with email, calendars, and your website, team members won't have to learn new software.   

CICU members are eligible for a 20% discount, so you can access this powerful tool for as little as $960/year.  We now offer a FREE subscription level with up to two admins and five channels (useful for a board portal, or for a cross-department committee).  Get started in minutes with a 14 day no obligation free trial.  To learn more go to

Contact: John Schober, VP of Business Development, 216-570-9852.

Duff & Phelps/Kroll

Duff & Phelps is the nation’s leading provider of accurate insurance values and specialized risk consulting services for institutions of higher education. Colleges and universities and their brokers and underwriters rely on accurate property values and data quality to properly rate and insure assets. Inflated insurable property values can result in payment of excessive insurance premiums, while inadequate insurance coverage can be disastrous in the event of a loss. Duff & Phelps inspects and appraises more than 30,000 buildings per year, ensuring our higher education clients are properly insured to value. For an even greater level of detail, we also provide fixed asset inventory, tagging and reconciliation services, providing our clients with the data needed for accurate financial reporting, capital budgeting and risk management.

With the acquisition of Kroll in 2018, we also provide specialized Risk Consulting Services to universities for “hot button” and otherwise headline grabbing risk exposures:

Sexual Abuse/Misconduct mitigation and investigations (faculty on student, student on student)

Title IX/Clery Act compliance and consulting services

Active Assailant and other threat & vulnerability assessments

Crisis Management, Event Security

College Admissions Best Practices, Audits & Climate/Culture Reviews

Campus Security Training

Cyber Penetration Testing and Data Breach Response Services

Travel Risk Assessments (study abroad, staff, faculty and student travel consultation)

Due Diligence and tracking of foreign funds/donations

Espionage and Intellectual Property vigilance as pertains to foreign students

Fraud, abuse and malfeasance forensic accounting services

Social Media Monitoring Services

Dark Web Monitoring when sensitive information has been exposed

Click here to download “Managing Risks at Colleges & Universities”, a complete overview of Duff & Phelps/Kroll’s services to the higher education community.

Contact Lori Flemming at 704.953.9780 or to have a confidential conversation.


edHEALTH is the leading healthcare solution for colleges and universities, and their faculty, staff, and family members. Our guiding principles include:

  • Ownership: We are a member-owned collaboration run by and for our member institutions.
  • Innovation: Through data analysis, cutting-edge programs, and decision support, we help educational institutions select programs that meet their needs while containing rising healthcare costs.
  • Transparency: We give educational institutions the tools they need to make informed healthcare purchasing decisions: rate setting components, direct access to plan administrators; and forums to collaborate with other schools.
  • Savings: Through our purchasing clout, we consistently negotiate lower fees with less volatility than the skyrocketing healthcare cost trends experienced across the industry. Best of all – our members share in these savings.

Contact: A. Tracy Hassett, President and CEO


Emsi is an analytics firm that helps universities make data-driven decisions about their alumni and programs.  In the last two years, more than 50 universities have partnered with Emsi to find their alumni’s employment outcomes.  Those institutions received data on their alumni’s top employers, top job titles, contact information, regionalized wage estimates, etc.—at the program level.  

Current Emsi partners in New York include the Department of Labor, Syracuse University, and The New School.  Our team of economists and data scientists are intrigued by unique challenges; especially if your institution is considering more cutting-edge projects such as skills clustering or benchmarking.  Known for our commitment to customer service and dedication to high quality data, we’d love to learn more about your unique challenges.

Primary Contact—Scott McCullough, Sr. Account Executive, 405.488.4646

First American Education Finance - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk - A CICU Collaborative Partner

GEM Energy - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd.

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose is a full service law firm focusing on the needs of higher education clients.  Our practice focuses on federal and state regulatory issues, accreditation concerns, transactional matters, litigation and investigations (including Title IX and other forms of misconduct), NCAA issues, privacy compliance and breach response, student affairs, and board governance.  Our practice features former officials with the US Department of Education Office of the General Counsel, Office for Civil Rights, Office for Federal Student Aid, the NCAA and counsel to accreditation bodies.   

Contact: Dennis Cariello, Shareholder, 212-422-4900

JourneyED - A CICU Collaborative Partner


The KeyBank Public Sector group encompasses a team of professionals dedicated to delivering value-added capital markets and banking solutions to governments, higher education institutions and national non-profit organizations. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, 518-257-8665


Students are less traditional. The perceived value of education is shifting. Enrollment is contracting. In this quickly-evolving field, a radical and creative marketing strategy is mandatory.

Overit brings seasoned talent, 470 cumulative years experience in higher education, focus-group research, seamless marketing integration (which automates tasks and gains valuable insights that drive enrollment), and access to some of the most accomplished and influential minds in the industry to solve some of the biggest obstacles facing colleges and universities today.

Contact: Paul Fahey, Vice President, 518-621-6813

Relph Benefit Advisors

Relph Benefit Advisors is the largest independent firm in upstate New York providing employee benefits consulting, advisory services, and benefits administration, now offering a cost-saving medical benefits program for colleges and universities. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Robert G. Relph, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, 585-248-8720

Risk Strategies Company

Risk Strategies Company is a leading, nationally recognized insurance and benefits broker, specializing in the needs of colleges and universities. Risk Strategies works with nearly 100 higher education institutions, offering sophisticated risk management advice and insurance placement for property and casualty and employee benefits for the full spectrum of exposures. Risk Stratgies has a passion for finding creative, cost-effective solutions that meet the specific needs and circumstances each client and are a leader in helping firms navigate health care reform. Click here for an overview of benefits.

Contact: David J. Singer, 212-826-9744; 201-837-1100


A value added reseller of computer software, hardware and peripherals; ScholarBuys' mission is to provide exceptional service that empowers the academic community.  Our niche focus is group purchasing.  We help academic consortia across the United States harness their collective strength in the marketplace for IT-related goods and services with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cylance and VMware.  ScholarBuys is recognized as a premier education consortium-focused vendor because of our service-orientated approach.  Our goal is to maximize the participation and overall value of the group purchasing agreements we help manage for CICU, enabling member institutions to maximize their investments in these technologies.

CICU’s dedicated representative at ScholarBuys is Brendon Palluck.  He can be reached at (877) 999-9294 ext. 199 or

Sibson Consulting

Sibson Consulting is highly respected partner for colleges and universities seeking to create dynamic and comprehensive human resources, benefits and organizational development strategies to support their institutional goals and objectives. Sibson's dedicated, cross-functional higher education practice offers broad experience and deep understanding of the dynamics of academic institutions. Their size, decision-making process and consulting philosophy enable them to tailor our approach to suit each institution's needs.

Contact Mr. Kelly Jones, Senior Vice President, 216-687-4434


Sodexo provides comprehensive campus and student-centered solutions to more than 625 colleges and universities in North America that improve student enrollment, retention and engagement and preserve strategic facilities assets.  Innovative solutions include strategic asset management, facilities management, resident and retail dining, catering, campus conferencing, athletic performance, bookstore management, stadium concessions, energy management, construction and project management.  

Contact: Frank C. Hollister, IV, Director of Business Development, Sodexo Campus Solutions,  717-497-7447

The MegaWatt Hour - A CICU Collaborative Partner


Trane helps customers in New York State succeed by providing innovative solutions that optimize indoor environments through a broad portfolio of energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building, contracting and energy services, parts support and advanced controls for institutions. Here are some of our offerings:

  • Energy Performance Contracting
  • Off Balance Sheet Financial Solutions
  • Energy & Infrastructure Improvement Program
  • Energy Supply Side Services
  • HVAC Equipment – Chillers, AHU’s, VRF etc.
  • Building Automation Systems- Wireless Solutions
  • Energy Resiliency – CHP systems, Battery Storage, Micro Grid Systems
  • Sustainability Measures- Solar PV, Geothermal, Wind, Fuel Cells

Contact: John Drzymkowski, Comprehensive Solutions Account Executive, 973-557-5304.  Please reach out to John to discuss Trane’s Facility & Infrastructure Improvement Program.  If qualified for the program, Trane will perform a campus audit to determine potential facility and infrastructure improvements and an energy benchmarking analysis report at no cost. 

WasteStrategies, LLC - A CICU Collaborative Partner


CICU Affiliate Program

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York (CICU) is a statewide organization devoted to advancing the interests of private higher education in New York State. With a membership of 100+ private colleges and universities across the state, CICU provides a variety of services and programs developed to meet the needs of independent higher education.

The CICU Affiliate Program serves an important link between New York State’s business sector and the educational community by highlighting the role of New York’s Independent Sector as a purchaser of goods and services. CICU invites and selects Affiliates as a means of providing resources to its members.

The Benefits of Affiliation

Affiliates are recognized as supporting independent higher education in New York.

  • Affiliates are named on this website, and invited to provide information about their businesses and products.
  • Affiliates receive a subscription to CICU publications including the Collaborative e-newsletter.
  • CICU will annually distribute promotional material to CICU member campuses.
  • Only affiliates will be considered for the CICU Collaborative

Become an Affiliate

CICU Affiliate status is available to companies that meet these criteria:

  • Maintain a reputation for ethical business practices by affirming the CICU code of conduct included on the Affiliate application
  • Have a record of providing goods or services to at least one CICU member college or university, or another state association for independent colleges and universities
  • Remit the CICU Affiliate fee

Cost of Affiliation

A fixed fee, per company, of $1,250 annually. Term of Affiliation will coincide with CICU's fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. Affiliate fees cannot be pro-rated.

Download an Affiliate Expression of Interest Form (pdf).

For more information, contact: or call (518) 436-4781