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, LLC specializes in the marketing and administration of association-sponsored Long-Term Care Insurance. AffinityLTC is recognized as one of the top firms in the LTC marketplace. Currently endorsed by the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) as an exclusive provider for LTCI to its member associations and more than 767 institutions of private higher learning.


Michael S. VanGavree, President & CEO
(717) 737-3060 x300
(877) 777-3512 x300

AKADEMOS (website)  
Online Bookstore Solutions

Akademos provides customized, full-service online bookstore solutions, services and products supporting on-campus shops. The company delivers cost savings on course materials for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook delivery process. Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes Akademos the choice of leading institutions throughout the country. Learn more at


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

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

Blue Ridge Architects (website)
Architecture, Campus Master Planning

Founded in 2004, Blue Ridge Architects is a community-focused architecture firm with uncommonly high attention to design and client service. Our rapidly-growing, full-service firm understands that well-designed buildings contribute to the health and happiness of the people who work, live and learn in them and our reputation for delivering just that has spread via happy clients. The experienced team at Blue Ridge Architects provides comprehensive services in architectural design, master planning, preservation and sustainable design. Blue Ridge Architects is part of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council and have two LEED-certified members on staff.


Randy Seitz, President
(540) 437-1228

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.


David Snyder, CPA
(540) 345-0936

Cenergistic ( website )
Energy Conservation

Cenergistic is a technology-powered, data-driven energy conservation company. Cenergistic helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water. Its proven approach is built on a proprietary methodology, which optimizes clients’ infrastructure, improves internal processes and changes behavior to ensure that savings endure. This approach empowers the average client to save 20 – 30% off expected utility bills. For the past eight years, Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, including the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.


Larry Price, Division Vice President, Marketing
(214) 601-8920

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

Daly Computers, Inc. (website)  
Information Technology

Daly Computers is a nation-wide systems integrator, service provider, computer reseller,  and network specialist serving government, education and commercial customers. Daly consistently delivers the highest quality services and state of the art products to its customers. Our total commitment to customer satisfaction is build into everything we do.


Diane Gasper-Jones, Inside Sales Manager
(301) 670-0381 x358

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

EDC  (website)
Dining & Facilities, Construction & Supplies, Consulting

EDC provides Owner's Representation and Project Management services to institutional owners for the design and construction of their new and renovated facilities. Established in 1991 and based in Midlothian Virginia, EDC has delivered over four million square feet totaling over $600 million of higher education and research and development projects. EDC manages the entire project from preliminary programming and budgeting through construction and occupancy. Our clients include the Virginia Tech Foundation, Hollins University, Bridgewater College, Randolph-Macon College, the American Hebrew Academy, ad the UNCG Capital Facilities Foundation.


Raymond Hunt, AIA LEED ap BD+C
Executive Vice President
(804) 396-5578

ECMC (website)
Financial Aid & Student Services

ECMC is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students recognize and realize their potential by investing in, creating and providing innovative education solutions that support schools and improve student educational outcomes. We work to lower student loan default rates; sponsor college access and success initiatives, and financial literacy programs; and provide resources to support student loan borrowers to successfully repay their loans.


Dave Deibel, School Relations Director
(757) 646-4560

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      

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

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 southeast. 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

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, Campus Solutions 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


ServiceMaster Restore ( website )

ServiceMaster Clean ( website )

Restoration Services (carpet & hard surface cleaning, custodial services, upholstery cleaning, fire & water restoration services, mold remediation)

When a disaster hits, you want your campus back to normal as quickly as possible. At ServiceMaster, we have the experience to make that happen. Because of our local presence, we can get to your disaster quicker, manage your project better and get your campus up and running faster. ServiceMaster also performs day to day cleaning of floors and upholstery and can provide a custodial staff with multiple layers of supervision. It is our goal to provide clients with a pristine campus for students and faculty so that colleges can focus on education, not cleaning. Contact us to learn more.


Lindsay Bradley, Client Relations Consultant
(804) 314-1724

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
IT Staffing, Warehousing, Configuration Services

SHI is a $7.5B global provider of computer software, hardware, peripherals, networking products, accessories and a broad range of IT life cycle services.

From software and hardware procurement to deployment planning, configuration, data center optimization, IT asset management and cloud computing, SHI offers custom IT solutions for every aspect of your environment.

SHI's  99% annual customer retention rate  is a result of our goal to foster long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with customers and partners, every single day. 


John Grady, Higher Education Account Executive
(757) 268-2225

Winthrop Resources Corporation (website)
Financial Services & Information Technology

Winthrop has been delivering economically compelling, long-term financial solutions to the educational community for over 30 years. As experts in higher education technology finance, Winthrop understands client needs as well as constraints, is fully versed in the latest higher education technology innovations, is dedicated to technology financing with no ancillary or hidden agendas, and provides award-winning lifecycle management and administrative support.


Kyle Fredette, General Manager
(804) 380-7802

Woods Rogers PLC (website
Legal Services

More than 75 attorneys at Woods Rogers PLC represent 19 practice areas and 100-plus related services. In October 2016, Woods Rogers and the Lynchburg law firm Edmunds & Williams merged operations, establishing a fifth Woods Rogers office serving clients in Virginia and beyond. Our other offices are located in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Danville. Our key practice areas are Business and Corporate law (including Education law), Emerging Growth, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Tax and Trusts and Estates. Woods Rogers has served its clients since 1893.


King F. Tower, Of Counsel
(540) 983-7541

Wordsprint (website)  
Marketing, Graphic Design, Print and Mail Campaigns

Wordsprint provides multi-channel marketing services for private colleges and nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Virginia. Specializing in recruitment campaigns and alumni development programs, Wordsprint has a strategy & database team, a graphic design studio, an electronic marketing group, a full service print shop, and a direct mail house, all under one roof! Three times in the last 8 years, Wordsprint has won a Platinum RAVE Award, sponsored by Idealliance, for outstanding customer relations in the field of marketing services, once scoring an unprecedented 21% superiority over its competitors. Free, no-obligation consults are available.


Bill Gilmer
(800) 359-6608

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