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Working Smarter Together

Independent College Enterprise (ICE) is a consortium of ten private colleges in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.


Helping Schools Exceed Expectations

ICE Mission Statement

The mission of the Independent College Enterprise is to improve efficiency and effectiveness for member schools through sharing information technology resources and supporting shared operational functions. 


Vision Statement

The Independent College Enterprise will be a nationally recognized leader in institutional collaboration.

Meet the ICE Board Members

ICE is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of member school presidents with each school getting one vote. The board is responsible for the legal oversight of the corporation.


Working Smarter Together

The inspiration for the Independent College Enterprise, referred to as ICE, began in the late 1990’s when two schools discussed pooling resources to purchase and maintain an integrated information management system. ICE formed after enlisting the commitment and support from several institutions and today the collaboration consists of ten small independent higher education institutions: Alderson Broaddus University, Bethany College, Davis & Elkins College, Emory & Henry College, Stillman College, Tusculum University, University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan, Wheeling University, and William Peace University.
While the colleges share hardware, software and technical personnel, each school has exclusive access to its own data. We, in the central ICE organization, see ourselves as an extension of the school IT departments and work with the schools to maximize its investment in database technologies. Collaborating streamlines administrative processes, reduces expense and increases service to students, faculty and parents.


President, Alderson Broaddus University

Chair, ICE Board

Dr. Barry is currently serving as the chair of the ICE board and the president of Alderson Broaddus University.  Previously, Dr. Barry acted as vice president of advancement at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., vice president of development for People to People International, executive director at Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Iowa; president of St. Edmond School System in Fort Dodge, Iowa and Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges.


President, Tusculum University

Dr. James Hurley is the 28th president of Tusculum.  Throughout his career in education, Dr. Hurley has had extensive and varied experience at private, liberal arts, faith-based institutions and has shown an understanding of the challenges facing higher education.  He graduated from University of Pikeville with a Bachelor of Science in 1999 and from Indiana University earning a master’s degree.  He went on to earn a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Public Policy from Morehead State University in addition to serving in post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University and Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. 


Effective August 15, 2018, Dr. Michael Mihalyo returned to the Upper Ohio Valley as the 12th President of Wheeling University.  Dr. Mihalyo has more than two decades of experience in higher education; serving as President of the Kentucky-based Appalachian College Association and President, Chancellor, and Provost at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. He has served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois and Bethany College in Bethany West Virginia. While at Davis & Elkins Dr. Mihalyo served on the ICE board and led a collaborative technology pilot.


President, Bethany College

The Rev. Dr. Rodenberg became Bethany's 20th President on January 1, 2016. She previously served as Brite’s Vice President for Advancement.  Prior to her arrival at Brite in 2011, she completed a two-year intentional interim presidency at the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, California.


Dr. Theirstein became WV Wesleyan College’s nineteenth president on July 5, 2017. He previously served as a vice-president and interim president at Mount St. Joseph University, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University, associate provost at Rice University. and executive director of Connexions.

John Wells

Dr.  Wells became the twenty-second president of Emory & Henry College on July 1, 2019 after having served as its chief academic officer since 2017. Previous to Emory & Henry Wells had over 20 years’ of student success experience working in administrative and academic positions at Mars Hill University, Young Harris College and Carson-Newman University.  Dr. Wells also served on several boards for the United Methodist Church.


CFO, University of Charleston
Treasurer, ICE Board Ex Officio member

Cleta joined the University of Charleston as CFO in April 2001 and has served as the Treasurer of ICE since that time.  She was a member of the initial implementation team that converted the original five ICE schools to a shared administrative computing system and continues to serve on the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) for ICE.  Prior to higher education, Cleta worked in public accounting and in banking where she gained experience in general ledger system management, auditing, financial and regulatory reporting, data conversions and management information systems.


President, William Peace University
Secretary, ICE Board

Dr. Ralph is the 11th president of William Peace University and took office in July 2015. Dr. Ralph is currently serving as the secretary on the ICE board. Dr. Ralph’s career includes leadership roles at Hocking College in Ohio, Bethany College in West Virginia and Queens University in North Carolina.


Dr. Roth was named UC’s President in 2018. He came from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, where he served as Dean and Professor of Management & Marketing. He was previously Chair of the Sonoco International Business Department at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business and also served as Executive Director of the flagship International MBA Program, and as the School’s Chief Innovation & Assessment Officer. He has taught global marketing management, foreign market entry and growth, and strategy courses, for which he has won numerous teaching awards.


President, Stillman College

Dr. Cynthia Warrick is Stillman’s 7th and first female President on April 24, 2017. A pharmacist and health services researcher, Dr. Warrick has 20 years of Higher Education. Other executive leadership positions included Interim President of Grambling State University and South Carolina State University. Dr. Warrick began her academic career on the faculty of Howard University followed by appointments at several Texas and Florida universities.


President Wood, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, became the 15th president of Davis & Elkins College on August 1, 2016.  He previously served as vice president for advancement at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, and in the same position at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina. President Wood is an ordained United Methodist pastor and served congregations in Illinois and Maryland.


Chief Executive Officer, ICE Board Ex Officio member

January 2012 Shelley came to ICE as a seasoned business and IT professional; believing that technology must align with business need and strategy. Following several years in Admissions where she led a Colleague Implementation, Shelley spent the next 20 years in IT building and managing a structure to support technology that met the needs of stakeholders and the business. Before working in education, Shelley served as a hospital administrator and a  software project manager.



Eight staff comprised business analysts, software specialists, Unidata dba/programmer, MS SQL dba, systems administrator and director support the ICE solutions for member schools.



The following work is performed by a staff shared by member schools.

  • Server Hosting services

  • Software installation and maintenance

  • User and database security

  • Application consulting, training and support

  • Project management


  • ERP/SIS system - Ellucian Colleague  

  • Numerous interactive Solutions that enable students to access their data 24x7  from anywhere/any device 

  • Advancement -Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge 

  • Document Imaging -Softdocs suite of solutions

  • Reporting - Entrinsik’s Informer, CompuCare’s Synoptix 


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