Nation's Oldest and Largest Conservative Student Organization Welcomes New President

Mar 30, 2011, 19:01 ET from Intercollegiate Studies Institute

WILMINGTON, Del., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) announced today that Christopher Long will become President and Chief Executive Officer of ISI on April 1, 2011. Having served as an ISI vice president and national director during the 1990s, Mr. Long returns to ISI with more than twenty years of executive experience at asset management firms and leading conservative, not-for-profit organizations. He succeeds outgoing president T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., who built ISI to unprecedented financial and program levels since taking the helm in 1989 and who was named president emeritus.

"Chris Long fully understands the unique character of ISI, and will be a faithful steward of the Institute in the years ahead," noted Cribb.  "Chris brings to this position vast experience in financial management, non-profit administration, and philanthropy.  Throughout his career Chris has been a tireless champion of the principles of freedom and free enterprise."

Mr. Long most recently served as Managing Director of a global investment bank and asset management company where he was Head of Business Development for its manager-of-managers platform that oversaw investment portfolios for university endowments, private foundations, sovereign wealth funds and other large institutional investors. Previously Mr. Long served as Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of hedge fund advisor Endowment Capital Group, L.P., a firm that worked with large U.S. endowment clients and posted top decile performance among its peer group during his tenure as CEO. Mr. Long spent eleven years at Friess Associates, LLC where he was Chief Operating Officer and also Treasurer of its Brandywine Funds family of registered mutual funds.  Friess managed $17 billion at the time of his departure.

"After an exhaustive national search, our trustees concluded that Chris Long was the perfect person to take the ISI that Ken Cribb has built to even greater heights of influence and effectiveness," stated ISI Board Chairman and publisher of The American Spectator, Alfred Regnery.

"Chris has what it takes to further position ISI as that indispensible educational institution for conservatives," stated search committee member and Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin J. Feulner.

In his work with ISI, Mr. Long was instrumental in launching CAMPUS: America's Student Newspaper, the ISI Honors Program for top undergraduate students, and ISI's guide, Choosing the Right College, as well as acquiring the Collegiate Network student-journalism program. Under his leadership the ISI network of student Campus Representatives and Faculty Representatives reached new heights. A strong promoter of education reform in his local community, and a graduate of George Mason University, he resides in Greenville, DE, with his wife of 22 years, Sheila, and their three children.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a national educational organization with more than 53,000 members headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, was founded in 1953 by William F. Buckley Jr. to further in successive generations of American college students an appreciation of the economic, political, and ethical values that sustain a free and humane society.

SOURCE Intercollegiate Studies Institute