For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)

AAC&U Board of Directors Establishes "Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence" to Honor Carol Geary Schneider, AAC&U's 13th President

Lecture Will Be Delivered Biennially at AAC&U Annual Meetings in Washington, DC

Mar 1, 2016

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Board of Directors announced the establishment of a new “Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence” established to honor the legacy of President Carol Geary Schneider, who will retire on June 30, 2016.

The lecture will be delivered by a high-profile thinker who is a leader in helping us understand and engage with issues fundamental to higher education and to our democratic society.  It will occur biennially at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting when it is held in Washington, DC.

Board member and President of Washington & Jefferson College Tori Haring-Smith announced the establishment of the lecture at AAC&U’s 2016 Annual Meeting and noted that, “during Carol Geary Schneider’s nearly two decades as president of AAC&U, she has led a national conversation on liberal education and inclusive excellence, which began with her work as an AAC&U Vice President leading the project ‘American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy, and Liberal Learning.’” Haring-Smith noted further that, “her work on that project grew into the Greater Expectations initiative and then into AAC&U’s signature campus action, advocacy, and research initiative—Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). Through this work under her direction, AAC&U has forged a national consensus on the importance of a liberal education and the relationship between liberal education and equity, access, and inclusion.”

Haring-Smith concluded noting that, “Carol Geary Schneider’s ability to articulate the values and goals of a liberal education, and her talent for delivering a consistent message to fit any changing context, are traits that we hope will be echoed by those who deliver the ‘Carol Geary Schneider Lecture on Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence’ for years to come.”

Learn more about AAC&U’s commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at

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 more than 1,300 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.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at