Association of American Colleges and Universities Announces Six New Directors and a New Slate of Officers for Board of Directors

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Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University, Assumes Position as Chair of the Board, Taking Over for James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, the members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) elected six new directors and selected a slate of new officers. Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University, became Chair of the Board, taking over for James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. Collins will continue to serve on AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. The members also voted to appoint Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, as Vice Chair of the board and Royce Engstrom, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Montana, as Treasurer.

New directors were appointed to AAC&U’s board during AAC&U’s 2017 Annual Meeting in January. The new directors include six educational leaders from a wide array of institutions. They are:

  • Marjorie Hass, President, Austin College
  • Tuajuanda Jordan, President, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Carol A. Leary, President, Bay Path University
  • Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Mary Papazian, President, San Jose State University
  • Robert L. Pura, President, Greenfield Community College

“I am honored to serve as Chair of the AAC&U board of directors and support the association’s mission of strengthening liberal education and inclusive excellence,” said Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University. “AAC&U provides outstanding leadership and valuable resources for colleges and universities focused on advancing student learning while evolving to meet new economic and social challenges.

“AAC&U is fortunate to have the leadership of a strong and dedicated board of directors committed to making liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure AAC&U’s mission is enacted in meaningful ways on the campuses and in the communities of our member institutions.”

The following individuals currently serve on AAC&U’s board of directors and were reappointed for a second two-year term:

  • Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor, University of Denver
  • Gena Glickman, President, Manchester Community College
  • Raymund Paredes, Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • David Wilson, President, Morgan State University
  • Leslie Wong, President, San Francisco State University

For a complete listing of members of AAC&U’s board of directors, visit www.aacu.org/about/board.

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

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