President Fong Named AAC&U Chair

At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) named seven new directors and elected a slate of new officers. Dr. Bobby Fong, President of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., became the chair of the board, taking over from Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, President of Keene State College.

President Bobby Fong

Ursinus College President Bobby Fong

Giles-Gee will continue to serve on the AAC&U’s Board Executive Committee as Past Chair. Dr. Bobby Fong became the fifteenth president of Ursinus College in 2011, after serving for ten years as the President of Butler University. “I am honored to serve as Chair of the Board of AAC&U,” said President Fong. “The Association’s agenda for liberal education this year includes moving civic engagement to the center of students’ educational experiences, and ensuring quality as integral to higher education’s commitment to educational access and completion. These measures underline the aspiration of our members to educate a more informed and globally responsible citizenry.”

“AAC&U’s membership is very fortunate to be led by such a strong and committed board of directors,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “The board’s leadership has contributed greatly to the growth of AAC&U’s membership and the strength of its programs and publications. Following President Giles-Gee’s effective leadership this past year, I am very confident that, along with his fellow board members, President Fong will continue to bring energy, insight, and visibility to AAC&U’s continuing commitment to extending the benefits of liberal education to every college student.”

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 more than 1,250 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities of every type and size.

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