Fred Chicos

Founder and CEO

Fred Chicos is the Founder and CEO of Christie & Associates, a consulting company that develops innovative solutions for higher education regarding student health and wellness. In 2018, Chicos founded Christie Campus Health to help colleges and universities effectively deliver emotional and behavioral health services to students. He is also the founder of the Mary Christie Foundation, a thought leadership and philanthropic organization dedicated to the emotional, social and behavioral health and wellness of teens and young adults. Prior to the formation of the Mary Christie Foundation, Chicos established the Christie Foundation in 2003, which, in conjunction with Tufts University and New York University, published books on Kosovo and Argentina. These two books received testimonials from former United States Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Teresa Heinz, and former Senator Bob Dole. Chicos is the former Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Chickering Group, the nation’s leading provider of student health insurance, which was acquired by Aetna Life Insurance Company in 2003. He holds a BA from Harvard University. Mr. Chicos’ deep history in higher education and health care includes long-standing relationships, philanthropic endeavors and distinguished positions at numerous institutions.  He is a Trustee Emeritus as well as a Founding Fellow of the William Fairfield Warren Society at Boston University; Founder of the Mary Christie Emergency Room at Mount Auburn Hospital; a Trustee at the Belmont Hill School; and the Founding Director of Gorbachev Foundation, a Northeastern University affiliate.  He has also served on the Advisory Boards for Boston University Medical School and NYU School of Nursing. Mr. Chicos’ philanthropic work includes: the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is the benefactor of the Admiral James and Laura Stavridis Endowed Scholarship Fund; Boston University, where he established the School of Public Health Scholarship Fund in honor of John P. Howe III, and serves as benefactor of the Robert F. Meenan Faculty Support Fund; NYU’s Wagner School, where he is benefactor to the Lisa Goldberg Fellowship; Northeastern University, where he served as Leading Donor for the Snell Library; Camp Harbor View; the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Institute for Recovery Advocacy; Belmont Hill, where he served as Founding Donor for the International Studies department; and Tufts University, where he funded international student journalism projects.