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The CINC Foundation’s mission expresses the basic purpose of the organization and the reason for our existence:

The Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation exists to provide operating funds and scholarship support for students attending Nebraska’s independent institutions of excellence.

In January of 2018, the Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation was launched. The CINC Foundation brings together the strengths of two previous organizations, the Nebraska Independent College Foundation and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska, which previously represented the independent higher education sector in the state for nearly 100 years. The new organization is a 501(c)(3).

The CINC Foundation’s initial membership includes 13 postsecondary institutions: Bellevue University, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Clarkson College, College of Saint Mary, Concordia University, Creighton University, Doane University, Hastings College, Midland University, Nebraska Methodist College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, and York University.

Like its members, the Foundation is dedicated to making excellent higher education opportunities accessible to students from diverse backgrounds and communities.


The CINC Foundation is lead through the efforts of a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of the member institution presidents/chief executive officers and corporate/community members. A focused Foundation staff coordinates the efforts of the board and its committees.

Treva D. Haugaard | Executive Director

Connie J. Nihsen | Executive Assistant



Dr. Bernard D. Bull - Concordia University

Dr. Deb Carlson - Nebraska Methodist College

Dr. Darrin Good - Nebraska Wesleyan University

Dr. Mary Hawkins - Bellevue University

Rev. Daniel Hendrickson,  S.J. - Creighton University 

Jody Horner - Midland University

Dr. Roger Hughes - Doane University

Dr. Richard Lloyd - Bryan College of Health Sciences

Dr. Richard Lloyd - Hastings College

Dr. Andreia Nebel - Clarkson College

Dr. Vinita Sauder - Union College

Heather A. Smith - College of Saint Mary

Dr. Samuel A. Smith - York University


Nichole Andersen (HDR) - Nebraska Methodist College

Mary E. Chase, Ed.D. (Creighton University) - Creighton University

Mark Christensen (Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather) - Doane University

John DeBoer (Midwest Laboratories - Retired) - Hastings College

Larry Dlugosh (Emilsson LLC) - Bryan College of Health Sciences

Keith Edquist (Husker-Hawkeye Distributing, Inc.) - Bellevue University 

Zac Holoch (Cornerstone Bank) - York University

Steve Joekel (Retired Public School Administrator) - Nebraska Wesleyan University

Randy Koski, CPA (Koski Professional Group, P.C.) - Midland University

Steve Ritzman (SR Consulting) - College of Saint Mary

Bryan Shank (Union Bank & Trust) - Union College

TBA - Clarkson College

TBA - Concordia University 


Greg Andersen, Bailey Lauerman

Bradley Ekwerekwu, Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties

Greg Hohl, Wahoo State Bank

Dan Knight, Armored Knights

Kristi Nohavec, LEO A DALY

Adam Post, DLR Group

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