President Creed elected to CIC Board of Directors

Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed was among 10 new members elected to the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors during its Jan. 4, meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

The CIC is the only national higher education association that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

Creed, entering his third year as Campbell president, will serve a one-year term through January 2019.

He joins presidents from Furman University, Roger Williams University, Kalamazoo College, Valparaiso University, College of Saint Benedict, Roanoke College, Capital University, Webster University and Colby-Sawyer College as new board members. The new chair of the CIC board is MaryAnn Baenninger, president of Drew University in New Jersey.

“The Council of Independent Colleges, representing nearly 700 private colleges and universities, is the nation’s premier organization that supports college and university leadership and enhances public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society,” Creed said. “Being asked to serve on the board will yield dividends to Campbell through exposure and connections with leaders from the nation’s most visible private colleges and universities. I am honored to serve.”

Creed became only the fifth president in Campbell’s 130-year history in 2015, previously serving as provost, executive vice president and professor of religion at Samford University in Alabama. He was also a professor of Christian history, associate dean and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Earlier in his career, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana.

Creed received a BA in religion, cum laude, from Baylor University and earned his MDiv and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish-language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico.

“The Council is pleased to have Dr. Creed as a board member,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “CIC continues to implement many new programs, projects and services and needs a strong board of directors to oversee their planning and execution. I am certain that Dr. Creed will serve the Council admirably, and I look forward to working with him.”