For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
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AAC&U Announces Appointment of Andrew Flagel as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement

Jun 29, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced the appointment of Andrew Flagel as Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement, effective July 1. In this role, he will help promote the mission of AAC&U by leading strategic advancement and membership growth and development.

For more than twenty-five years, Andrew Flagel has served to advance the cause of higher education, inclusion, and access across a range of public and private US institutions. Recently named a Senior Fellow for the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, Andrew’s work has been rooted in research-based strategies that promote the value of liberal education to diverse students. His past positions include Senior Vice President at Brandeis University and Dean and Associate Vice President at George Mason University, in addition to teaching appointments in communications at both institutions. Andrew also served in a director capacity at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus and the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a regional director for The George Washington University. He currently serves as Advancement Chair on the Board of Trustees at Tremont School, a progressive, independent school in Lexington, Massachusetts.

“I am thrilled to have Andrew joining AAC&U's leadership team. He brings a breadth of experience in higher education and, throughout his career, has demonstrated a commitment to equity and excellence in liberal education. We couldn't be more pleased to welcome him,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.

Andrew has founded and led a variety of programs, including the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. He created and chaired the Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree program at George Mason University and was on the leadership team for the nationally acclaimed Pathways program in collaboration with Northern Virginia Community College and Fairfax County Public Schools, reducing barriers and increasing attainment rates for non-traditional and underrepresented students.

“I have had the privilege throughout my career to promote higher education with a focus on issues of equity and inclusion, and I am deeply honored to join President Pasquerella and the AAC&U team at the forefront of these issues,” Andrew said. “It is vital that we advocate and provide evidence for the quality of undergraduate education while continuing to expand access and student success. I am very excited to support our members and expand partnerships in pursuit of AAC&U’s distinctive mission.”

Andrew holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy and MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and he earned his PhD in Higher Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.


About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. 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 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, faculty, and staff engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Through a broad range of activities, AAC&U reinforces the collective commitment to liberal education at the national, local, and global levels. Its high-quality programs, publications, research, meetings, institutes, public outreach efforts, and campus-based projects help individual institutions ensure that the quality of student learning is central to their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

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