Staff Biographies


Sean Brewster - Events and Office Manager
Sean Brewster joined AICUO as the Events and Office Manager in September 2017, after serving as Executive Director of the Westerville Symphony for almost three years.

Sean is an administrator who engages independent universities, nonprofit organizations, professionals, and students through educational, social, and cultural programs and events. As a 2015 graduate of Otterbein University (B.A. Music & Business), Sean strongly believes in the transformational value of a liberal arts education. He knows that Ohio’s private colleges and universities greatly enhance the quality of life for everyone and particularly for the communities in which they are located.

As the 2015 coordinator of the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (EVAs), Sean is excited to work at the Association once again. Sean is especially passionate about propelling the arts, and specifically the AICUO EVAs, to succeed and thrive within the Central Ohio community.

Sean is responsible for coordinating AICUO events, overseeing daily office activities, and creatively directing AICUO’s social media channels. Connect with AICUO and Sean on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

When he’s not crafting witty tweets or answering AICUO’s phone, you can find Sean cooking elaborate dinners for friends, attending the latest classical or pop music concert, practicing the flute, or reading anything from classic cookbooks to epic fantasy novels.


Robert P. Burke - Director of Research
Bob Burke has directed AICUO's research program since 1996, making him one of the senior leaders in association institutional research in the country. He is editor of AICUO's Graph of the Week and oversees the Association's geocoding project that locates and analyzes member campuses' students, faculty, and staff. In addition, Bob serves as state coordinator for private colleges for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Surveys (IPEDS) of the National Center for Education Statistics. As a liaison with several state administrative agencies, principally the Ohio Department of Higher Education, he has represented the Association as a member of several statewide commissions, including the Chancellor's Planning Committee for Higher Education Learning, the state Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council, the Secondary-to-College Articulation Committee, and consultations on student financial aid and state higher education performance reports. Finally, he is staff contact for the Association's chief academic officers steering committee and is co-coordinator for the chief admissions officers’ collaboration activities.

Since coming to AICUO, Bob has made presentations to national higher education association research meetings as well as meetings of the Ohio Association for Institutional Research and Planning and the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He came to AICUO from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame, a faculty development and research administration institute, where he served as research consultant and acting director. He has additional experience in management, city planning, and communications in nonprofit organizations and municipal government in Boston. He holds degrees from Harvard College and the University of Notre Dame. He is also an experienced choral singer and, although retired after 32 years as a football referee, remains active in officiating as a timer for men's and women's basketball at an AICUO member university.


Stacey M. Dorr - Vice President, Operations and Communications
Stacey Dorr joined AICUO's central staff in 2006 with extensive experience in non-profit communications. She previously worked with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, PBS and The Columbus Community Clinical Oncology Program and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, B.S. (Public Relations).

Stacey is responsible for all internal and external association communications, including major publications such as the Counselor's Guide and annual report, daily news clips service, weekly Association update correspondence, and the AICUO,, and AICUO Art Awards Web sites. She also coordinates all AICUO member professional development meetings and manages the implementation of all strategic communications efforts to better serve AICUO's 50 members and our organizational mission.

She serves as liaison to many statewide groups including the Ohio Private College Admissions Directors group, the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC), and the Independent College Advancement Associates, and was honored early in her career at AICUO with the New Member Award from OACAC for her work on their Annual Conference.

Stacey oversees the annual AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts and the internship program at AICUO. She has presented her work with grassroots campaigns during a budget crisis and campus emergency preparedness to national groups including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives State-National Information Network. Stacey is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as a mentor for college students interested in beginning a career in public relations.


Manilath James - Director of External Relations
Manilath James brings more than fifteen years of community relations, business development and marketing experience to her role as the Director of External Relations for the AICUO. She is responsible for building strategic alliances with key suppliers and collaborative working groups to bring opportunities of procurement for member campuses. She also develops programs for professional development and manages the implementation of energy efficiency programs.

She previously served as the Community Outreach Manager at Efficiency Smart, a program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. She was responsible for developing collaborative partnerships with local government organizations, educational institutions, businesses and community organizations to increase awareness of energy efficiency programs. She also executed a comprehensive public affairs campaign to enhance energy justice initiatives to vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining Efficiency Smart, she gained experience working in the public sector in her role in consumer protection and public affairs with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She represented the Attorney General as a spokesperson in community and interagency task forces bringing together government organizations, business associations, and nonprofit agencies to protect the interest of Ohio consumers.

Manilath is a proud graduate of Otterbein University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and Public Relations. When she is not busy building community relationships, she is a fitness fanatic that enjoys traveling with her family.


C. Todd Jones - President and General Counsel
C. Todd Jones became President and General Counsel of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) on November 1, 2005. During that time, he has led significant change at the organization including its program for collaborative services. This included AICUO’s agreements with the Inter-University Council Purchasing Group, Coalition for College Cost Savings, and numerous individual companies, leading to millions in purchases by member campuses of discounted goods and services.

Todd managed the association's first successful regulatory litigation action and conceived of and led the development of the AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. In 2009-10, Todd served as an Obama-administration appointee to the U.S. Department of Education's negotiated rulemaking session on Program Integrity, representing the independent-college sector.

Todd served as a gubernatorial appointee on Ohio's State Board of Education from 2011-2017. Todd served during his entire tenure as a member of the board’s three-member leadership team and its Executive Committee. He also served as Chair of the Standards and Graduation Requirements, Achievement, Achievement and Graduations Requirements, and Legislative and Budget Committees. His work led to the establishment of the state’s first rules on the use of restraint-and-seclusion, Ohio’s new honors diploma system, its gifted education operating standards, and two separate sets of high school graduation requirements. He also played a key role in the selection of three state superintendents of instruction, and the creation of Ohio’s school district report card.

Todd joined AICUO after serving nearly four and a half years as a member of the Bush administration in the U.S. Department of Education. During his final three years, Todd oversaw policy development and budgeting for over $110 billion in federal spending as the Associate Deputy Secretary for Budget. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) managing 670 staff in a dozen offices, including a period where he was delegated the functions of Assistant Secretary for OCR. While working at OCR, Todd served simultaneously as Executive Director of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education. That commission's recommendations served as the core framework for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Before joining in the administration, Todd was the President of the National Education Knowledge Industry Association, an association of researchers, educational developers, service providers, and entrepreneurs. He also served as an attorney on the staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In that capacity, he was the chief staff negotiator of the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, and helped develop legislation that was enacted as the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1998. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Counsel for the American Rehabilitation Association.

Todd holds a B.S.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Denver and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Todd is a member of the Ohio, District of Columbia and Colorado Bars. Todd is a member of the board of the Crew Soccer Foundation.


Emily Tully - Vice President, Government Relations

Emily Tully joined AICUO in 2014 after spending three years in Washington, D.C. as the Senior Policy Advisor for a Congressman from Ohio. Previous to working on Capitol Hill, Emily spent 5 years in state government working for two different members in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. Emily also managed a successful congressional campaign in 2010 before moving to D.C.

Emily is responsible for advocating AICUO's policy and regulatory priorities. As Vice President of Government Relations, she lobbies the executive and legislative branches on behalf of AICUO members and crafts policy to reflect member interests. Emily is also responsible for coordinating Independent College Day on Capitol Square.

Emily graduated from Ashland University in 2005 with a double major in speech communication and political science. Emily grew up surrounded by higher education with both of her parents employed in the field.