Strategic Partners

The APCU has established preferred relationships with a number of higher education service providers that have a proven track record of success in our sector. Most of our partners have been recommended to us by APCU member schools based on previous interactions. Others have been carefully vetted by APCU staff to ensure that they are a good fit for our members and willing to offer exclusive services and/or discounted pricing.


At Academic Innovators, our goal is to reimagine how higher education works by respecting campus culture, historic traditions, and the capacity of college and university campuses to adapt, change, and evolve. If a college faces a challenge, we work with the institution as thought partners to meet their challenge and turn it into an opportunity.

For more than four decades, Academic Search has been partnering with higher education institutions and associations to assemble the best teams possible. Our mission is to enhance institutional capacity by providing outstanding executive recruitment services, executive coaching, and transition support, in collaboration with our parent organization, the American Academic Leadership Institute.

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners with employers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to provide a broad range of benefits programs, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, death and disability, and flexible spending accounts. We are committed to wholeness and mutual care, administering benefits to 65,000 individuals with professional expertise and compassion.

Credo is a comprehensive higher education consulting firm that specializes in working with independent colleges and universities. We have partnered with presidents and cabinet members around the country, garnering unprecedented access to and trust with independent higher education leadership.

For over 50 years, EIIA has been protecting the promise of higher education by offering our members a sophisticated range of insurance and risk management services and advocating for them in the insurance marketplace. Search the insurance landscape and you won’t find another organization quite like EIIA. When it comes to serving the insurance and risk management needs of colleges and universities, it is without equal.

By taking the time to learn the needs of those we serve, Metz Culinary Management provides unsurpassed service that we believe exceeds the needs of everyone we serve. Variety. Nutrition. Value. Convenience. Expect a remarkable dining experience for students, faculty, staff, and guests from Metz.

With more than 30 years of experience in campus facilities management across the nation, National has risen to the top of its class because we not only take our job seriously, we also take your college seriously. Our staff of professionals partners with your current team and integrates with your community. We believe that if you take care of the customer, all else will fall into place.

Since 2000, Nuventive has helped leading higher education institutions across the country succeed in accomplishing their strategic objectives. Our technology solutions and services enable colleges and universities—large and small—to plan more consistently, collaborate more effectively, make smarter decisions, and ultimately, create a culture of data-informed, goal-aligned performance.

From concept to completion, Partners takes an idea and turns it into reality. We do it all—financing, strategic planning, design, construction, and more. We have honed our turnkey project development process over more than 45 years. Throughout our process, we manage every project detail and keep you updated every step of the way.

PlatformQ Education is changing the world of enrollment management. We’ve evolved to become a leading software provider, offering colleges and universities a way to engage audiences in familiar and accessible channels, cultivating stronger relationships, and yielding better enrollment outcomes.

The Presbyterian Foundation is your partner in growing and managing your funds to support your educational institution for years to come. We can walk with you in the financial challenges you face, including guidance on property sales and how to boost legacy gifts. We have lots of experience—and we’d love to talk to you. Reach out to Glen Bell.

Very few law firms offer the breadth and scope of experience in higher education that is available through Steptoe & Johnson. In addition, Steptoe & Johnson offers highly specialized experience in areas of the law that are becoming increasingly important for colleges and universities, including Title IX and discrimination matters, employment and labor issues, intellectual property and copyright concerns, records and data security, and litigation.

TimelyMD is the leading virtual health and well-being solution for higher education. Their virtual care platform, TimelyCare, includes a range of services, including mental health counseling, on-demand emotional support, medical care, psychiatric care, health coaching, basic needs assistance, faculty and staff guidance, and digital self-care content.


The following service organizations have also made a commitment to the APCU to support the work of our members and to provide programs and services at discounted rates and/or with enhanced features.

The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) is a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. This initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and members’ dues.

Montreat Conference Center is one of three national conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), annually visited by over 35,000 people seeking physical and spiritual renewal in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. We also host non-profit and business groups looking for retreat opportunities in a peaceful, gracious setting.

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the only national organization solely focused on representing private, non-profit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, D.C. As one of the six major presidential higher education associations, NAICU’s institutional membership is comprised of presidents from accredited private, non-profit colleges and universities.

Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center is a center of excellence, cultivating spiritual growth, recreation, and learning in an inclusive environment of natural beauty, hospitality, and peace. We invite all to experience God through education, exploration, and inspiration.