Corporate Sponsor Program

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) offers a Corporate Sponsor program that helps connect businesses that provide goods and services to the higher education community in Virginia with CICV members.
CICV Corporate Sponsors support private higher education in Virginia, in part through their financial support of CICV. They are not endorsed, exclusive, nor fully-vetted Collaborative Business Partners of CICV. Some may offer preferred pricing to CICV members, but that is not a requirement to become a Corporate Sponsor.

Benefits of being a CICV Corporate Sponsor are:
  • Exposure to CICV member schools through this listing
  • Listing in CICV's conference publications
  • Recognition in CICV's Annual Report
  • Dinner at one of CICV's annual professional development conferences
  • Reduced fees to be a conference sponsor or exhibitor
To become a CICV Corporate Sponsor, a company must:
  • Apply and be approved by CICV's president
  • Provide a current client reference. This could be a CICV member college, a college or consortium in another state, or a local business
  • Be committed to supporting independent higher education in Virginia
For complete information about becoming a CICV Corporate Sponsor, please contact Anita Girelli at or call (540)586-0606.

Corporate Sponsors

AffinityLTC, LLC (website)

Insurance & Benefits

AffinityLTC has successfully implemented more than 140 Group LTCi enrollments for Private Colleges and Universities. Affinity LTC has been able to offer a best-in-class Group Long Term Care Insurance benefit through Genworth Life Insurance Company, affording employees the opportunity to protect a portion of their assets with group rates and streamlined underwriting. A one-time open enrollment, featuring a co-branded website for each member institution, enables all employees and family members to educate themselves and enroll directly online.

The Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey found the median cost in VA for a year of nursing home care to be $94,900 for a private room. The percentage of LTC provided by unpaid caregivers at home is now at 80%, and 70% of people over 65 will need long term care services at some time during their lifetime.

Including this benefit in your portfolio can assist in retaining employees and is an attractive hiring incentive. 


Michael S. VanGavree, Founder
(717) 737-3060 x300

AKADEMOS (website)  

Online Bookstore Solutions

Akademos is a full-service online bookstore solution that delivers huge savings on textbooks and other course materials while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the entire process. Our comprehensive solution and commitment to personal service makes us the choice for 120+ institutions nationwide. Learn more at


Andy Watts, Director of Business Development
(404) 538-3539

Apogee (website

Information Technology

Apogee is the largest provider of on-campus residential networks and video solutions in higher education. The company's suite of solutions, designed from the ground up to meet the needs of today's students, include residential networks, cable TV, IPTV and curated campus content.

Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater value from their IT investments and increase student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability. Apogee is 100% focused on higher education, creating solutions tailored for each campus it partners with.


Gerad Johnson, Director
(919) 244-0171                                                                        

BCWH (website)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Campus Planning

BCWH Architects provides full-service architectural, campus planning, interior design, and landscape architecture services in a practice committed to creating enriching and inspiring places with and for our clients. The firm has a 30 year legacy of service to educational institutions with a focus on independent colleges and universities. Our vision is to collaborate closely with our clients to enhance the campus environment as a holistic place for learning.

The Van Yahres Studio of BCWH Architects offers national expertise specializing in campus planning and has completed more than 700 campus projects. We believe the rational organization of buildings and outdoor spaces is an integral part of the learning environment. BCWH Architects with the Van Yahres Studio offers a comprehensive experience in campus planning and design.


Charles Piper, Principal
(804) 545-7466

Syd Knight, Principal
(434) 295-4734

Blackboard (website )
Academic Software Solutions, Construction & Supplies, Consultants, Dining & Facilities, Financial Services, Information Technology, Student Services

Blackboard's ecosystem includes academic, support, security and administrative sides of education.

  • Recruiting and enrolling students while improving the student experience - Market research and strategy; Marketing and enrollment services; One stop student services.
  • Campus one-card and the unified credential - Multi-tenant SaaS offering with full managed services; attendance tracking; transactions on & off campus.
  • Fostering teaching and learning - Learning management solutions; Virtual classroom; Learning analytics.
  • Securing campus with integrated access control and video surveillance - Leveraging your current investment; one-touch mobile lockdown; threat assessments and notifications.


Jared Marber, Director of Sales
(404) 872-7121

Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP(website)
Auditing and Compliance

The challenges of higher education will continue at an extraordinary pace. As the industry continues to face these challenges, you will need an exceptional relationship with, and commitment from, a group of accounting professionals who advise you and support your efforts. For over 35 years, Brown Edwards has been dedicated to providing exceptional service and expertise to our higher education clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region. By partnering with our clients and understanding their needs and concerns, Brown Edwards is a true alternative to the “business as usual” approach.


Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
(540) 443-3606

John C. Hash, III, CPA
(540) 345-0936


Collegiate Clean Energy, LLC (website)
Energy & Sustainability

Collegiate Clean Energy provides universities, colleges, and businesses with unique, customized, and sustainable energy solutions while delivering financial, reputational, and competitive benefits. Choosing a sustainable energy product from Collegiate Clean Energy is sound choice you can make to reduce your institution’s environmental impact.

Collegiate Clean Energy’s team of energy experts is ready to tailor competitively-priced renewable energy products to meet your specific needs, while making it easy to do what is right for the environment and your bottom line. The benefits of utilizing electricity generated from renewable resources are broad, ranging from environmental to economic. By choosing Collegiate Clean Energy, your institution can do something positive for the environment today that also creates benefits for the generations of tomorrow.


Victoria Powers
(203) 564-8568


Data Network Solutions (website)

Information Technology

Data Network Solutions has more than 18 years of experience helping higher education institutions solve their most complex IT challenges. Our dedicated team works to understand your campus and environment and then provides the best solution to meet your technical needs and requirements. Not only can we develop a custom solution that fits your university's unique solution needs, we will do it in a way that accomplishes your goals, fits your timeline and stays within your budget. Because we work with schools across Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, you can be confident knowing you are partnering with a solutions provider who understands your business and will complete any project to your satisfaction.


Cindi D'Aguanno, Virginia Account Representative
(804) 201-6151

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP (website)

Auditing & Compliance

Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) is a full service public accounting firm providing audit, tax and consulting services to several targeted industries. Higher Education is one of those targeted industries and one where DHG has significant experience and expertise and is actively seeking to expand our client base. Please contact Leslie for more information about DHG's Higher Education service offerings.


Leslie Roberts, Partner, Higher Education
(757) 316-3220
(804) 425-2609

Direct Energy Business (website)

Energy Supplier

Direct Energy Business (DEB) is a leading supplier of energy and related services focusing on bottom line savings. DEB supplies approximately 240,000 customers of various size and verticals across North America. DEB offers customer supply and energy solutions that address reliability, cost, revenue generation and energy consumption reductions with a holistic approach. Partnering with small businesses to large enterprises and universities, DEB focuses on unique ways to meet each customer's specific needs. DEB works to deliver a result that captures savings at your bottom line. Let Direct Energy Business help you buy less of what we sell.


Keith Korin, Business Development Manager
(703) 673-6969


Facility Engineering Associates (website)

Engineering & Facility Management Consulting

Facility Engineering Associates (FEA) is a Virginia based (SWaM), higher education focused engineering and facility management consulting firm specializing in existing facilities. Our leaders serve on the board of directors of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) as well as APPA-Leadership in Education Facilities. We are on numerous VA A/E service contracts and we work with prominent national universities focusing on facility management organizational issues including: CMMS selection and implementation, labor needs analysis, capital planning, condition assessments, performance benchmarking , workforce training, and service contract administration. Our engineering services include: roof and envelope assessment and restoration design, fall protection, and energy studies.


Scott Higgins, Vice President
(703) 591-4855

Hughes Associates Architects & Engineers (website
Architectural & Engineering Services

Colleges and Universities face unique challenges and opportunities in their building projects. Fund-raising is a constant concern and the time horizon is measured in lifetimes. We’ve enjoyed partnering with colleges and universities for over twenty years to create memorable impactful places for the formation of the next generation of citizens, leaders and innovators.


Martha J. Chester, President
(540) 342-4002

Johnson Controls (website)
Infrastructure Improvements & Energy Management

Johnson Controls is a national leader in the higher education market, with more than $1 billion in outstanding savings guarantees with colleges and universities nationwide among our $6 billion+ performance contracting portfolio. As a part of our commitment, we recognize that students today expect comfortable, safe, sustainable environments that complement their academic achievements. Johnson Controls works with each customer to create quality campus environments and green buildings, lower energy and operating costs, and reduce the environmental impact of buildings to deliver sustainable campuses that will attract and engage students and inspire them to be better stewards of our natural resources.


John Poggi, Account Executive
(410) 382-4882

JourneyEd ( website)

Software Licensing Agreements

CICV offers several software licensing agreement through our software reseller JourneyEd that provides member colleges and their students access to significantly discounted pricing on a variety of Microsoft and Adobe products.

Jason Watson
Account Manager
(800) 876-3507 x7111

LiveSafe   ( website )

Safety Related Communication App

LiveSafe is pioneering the world of social safety with collaborative software that empowers students, faculty, and staff to make themselves and their communities safer.

LiveSafe technology fosters effective safety-related communication via a campus safety app linked to a cloud-based command dashboard. The goal is for individuals to share information with friends and safety officials about sexual assault, mental health issues, and violence - preventing incidents before they occur. LiveSafe is growing quickly and is now used on campuses of all sizes, public and private, across 24 states.

Anne Cynamon
Director of Partnerships
(202) 421-9262

Long-Term Care Planning Plus   ( website )

Employee Benefits

Lewis C. Ingles has been a licensed life insurance agent since 1990 and has been involved in the individual and group long term care market for 20 years. He has a passion for creating extended healthcare strategies for his clients and helping business executives and families with family planning and estate planning issues.

Lewis knows first-hand the physical, emotional and financial impact that caring for a family member can cause, and he enjoys helping employers create cost effective benefit programs for the health and welfare of their employees.

Lewis earned his Life Training Council Fellow designation and CLTC Certified Long Term Care designation. Lewis believes in staying on top of changes that take place in the world of employee benefits and the financial services industry and has received numerous company awards for outstanding achievement in the financial services industry for his accomplishments.  

Lewis Ingles, LUTCF, CLTC
(717) 364-5861

McGuireWoods LLP (website)
Legal Services

MGuireWoods has one of the largest and most accomplished education teams of any full-service law firm in the nation. The team is composed of more than 75 lawyers located in 15 offices and represents more than 100 higher education institutions and their affiliated entities. We represent our clients on a broad array of matters, including corporate governance, student and data privacy, tax-exempt financing, athletic conference affiliation, development and enforcement of student policies (such as Honor Codes), appeals of tenure denial or revocation, student sexual misconduct, executive compensation, charitable giving, housing, construction, environmental, and intellectual property. As a firm, McGuireWoods has more than 1,000 lawyers in 22 offices.


Gilbert E. Schill, Partner
(804) 775-4345

Millennium Advisory Services, Inc. (website)
403(b) Consulting Services

Millennium Advisory Services is a registered investment advisory firm that provides 403(b) services for institutions of higher education throughout the eastern US. Our offerings include plan level communication and education services as well as fiduciary advice and asset management services for plan participants. Millennium works with plan level fiduciary partners to offer a turn-key solution, known as "403(b) Complete" designed to help 403(b) plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations on both the plan level and the participant level.


Paul B. Hunt, President
(804) 346-1040
(877) 435-2489

Moseley Architects (website)

Architecture and Engineering

Moseley Architects has provided professional architecture and engineering services for over 100 collegiate projects. Clients rely on the firm’s extensive campus planning, programming, and design experience in a broad portfolio of college and university facilities, including academic, research, recreation, athletic, arts, and student life.

Additionally, our campus master planning experience includes preserving green spaces and promoting sustainability initiatives. Our success with colleges and universities is based in large part to an inclusive and participatory design process stemming from the belief that the active involvement of our clients and facility users leads to better design solutions.


Jeff Hyder, Vice President
(757) 368-2800

National Management Resources (website

Physical Plant Management / Facilities

National Management Resources was founded in 1978. National provides physical plant maintenance & repair, custodial, landscape maintenance, events planning & setups and security services. National tailors its services to meet the needs and goals of the partners we serve. National provides these services exclusively to private, independent institutions of higher learning. National currently has 40 campus partners across the country. Southern Virginia University is one of our Virginia partners, and we provide all of our services for SVU.


Barron Wood, Business Development Executive
(678) 232-8716

NOBLE Office Furniture (website)
Office Furniture

We are a Virginia based furniture company specializing in the sale and installation of office, school, and healthcare furniture. We are a dealer rep for KI and amcase. We handle moves, re-configurations, space planning, and furniture/casework removal.


Kenny Garrett, Co-owner
(540) 466-3375

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (website)

Financial Services

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services companies in the United States, with assets of $361 billion as of June 30, 2016. Operating in 19 states and the District of Columbia, PNC is organized around its customers and communities to ensure strong relationships and local delivery of a wide range of financial products and services.

PNC provides industry-leading treasury management to hundreds of colleges and universities across our footprint. Our offerings include purchasing cards, ePayables programs, lockbox, and remote deposit. PNC also supports our higher education clients with planned giving programs, equipment leasing, loans, lines of credit, letters of credit, and bond underwriting.


Craig Small, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager
(202) 835-5197

Ricoh USA. (website)
Printing, Mail Services, Enterprise Content, Workflow Solutions, Communications, 3D Printing Innovation Centers, Student Services, Auditing and Compliance

For 80 years, Ricoh has transformed the way people work through technology. Ricoh Higher Education partners with more than 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities to transform the campus experience - for students, faculty and administrators. We streamline campus mail and package workflows, reimagine onsite print services, enhance classroom technology and collaboration, simplify student records and admissions operations, and ultimately improve campus services for students. Ricoh makes information work for higher education.


Derek Zornow, Enterprise Services Specialist - Higher Education
(804) 489-1041

SageView Advisory Group (website)
Retirement Plan Consulting, Financial Services, Insurance & Benefits

SageView is an independent SEC Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm that's focus is providing retirement plan consulting and investment advisory services. Our goal is to innovate, inspire and navigate the fiduciary responsibilities for higher education organizations that want to deliver solutions for their most valued commodity, their employees.


Nichole Labott, Managing Director
(804) 523-1681


SFCS Architects (website)

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design

SFCS is a full-service architectural, engineering, planning, and interior design firm that specializes in the design of residential living, education, health care, and government facilities nationwide.


Brenda Landes, Vice President
(540) 344-6664

Shentel Communications (website)


Shentel has been in the telecommunications industry for over 110 years (NASDAQ:SHEN). Today we provide advanced internet, data, voice and video solutions to businesses via our fiber optic network. Our focus has always been on Virginia's rural markets with a goal to provide the same high quality network services found anywhere else in the United States. Shentel is proud to have been rated by Forbes as one of America's Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies .


Debbie Jones, Account Representative, Fiber Sales
(540) 984-5171

SHI (website)