President Grant Cornwell of Rollins College to Serve as Chair of LEAP Presidents' Trust

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is pleased to announce that Dr. Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College and a member of AAC&U’s Board of Directors, will serve as the next Chair of the Presidents’ Trust.  The Trust is a leadership group of select presidents from all sectors of higher education who are committed to advocating for the vision, values, and practices of liberal education in the 21st century.  The Presidents’ Trust was founded in 2008 as part of AAC&U’s LEAP initiative.

“Broadening awareness about the value of a liberal education—and maintaining that value amidst the economic climate faced by both families and institutions—has never been more urgent,” said Cornwell. “It is truly an honor to serve AAC&U and chair this esteemed group of higher education’s finest leaders to advance our shared mission, focused on preparing all of our students, the next generation of citizen leaders who will have a profound, global impact in the 21st century.”

The role of Trust members is to engage with both campus and external stakeholders about the core purposes and practices of liberal education, and to provide leadership for advancing reforms in undergraduate education that promote academic quality and inclusive excellence.

“We are thrilled to have Grant Cornwell assume this leadership role at a time when the erosion of public trust in higher education is of deep concern for AAC&U member institutions,” said Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U.  “President Cornwell is an eloquent and passionate supporter of liberal education who serves as an ardent spokesperson for the value of liberal learning and inclusive excellence in higher education and for our global society.”

A philosopher by training and nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment, Dr. Cornwell is an accomplished leader who, prior to coming to Rollins in 2015, served for eight years as president of the College of Wooster.  Dr. Cornwell has served on the Council on Foreign Relations' Global Literacy Advisory Board, has chaired the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Board of Directors, and has served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives. He has written extensively on liberal education, diversity, and global citizenship.  Dr. Cornwell holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology from St. Lawrence University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

President Cornwell succeeds Dr. Daniel Sullivan, president emeritus of St. Lawrence University, who helped found the Presidents’ Trust and served as its chair for eight years.