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David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
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Association of American Colleges and Universities Announces Eight New Directors and a New Slate of Officers for Board of Directors

Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, Assumes Position as Chair of the Board, Taking Over for Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University

Feb 14, 2018

Washington, DC—At its recent Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) elected eight new directors and selected a slate of new officers to serve on its board of directors. Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College, became chair of the board, taking over for Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University. Núñez will continue to serve on AAC&U’s board executive committee as past chair. The members also voted to appoint Carol Leary, President of Bay Path University, as vice chair of the board. Royce Engstrom, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Montana, will continue his term as treasurer.

New directors were appointed to AAC&U’s board during AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting in January. The new directors include eight educational leaders from a wide array of institutions. They are:

  • Brooke Barnett, Associate Provost for Academic and Inclusive Excellence, Elon University
  • Katherine Bergeron, President, Connecticut College
  • Amy E. Ferrer, Executive Director, American Philosophical Association
  • David Theo Goldberg, Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute
  • Mary Dana Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
  • Paul G. Lannon, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Ralph Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of South Florida
  • Kathleen Woodward, Lockwood Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, University of Washington

“Congratulations to our new board members. You are joining dedicated educational leaders, deeply committed to AAC&U’s values of deep learning, social equity, and engaged citizenship,” said Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College. “It will be my privilege to join you in these efforts in advancing the critical work of AAC&U and our president, Lynn Pasquerella.”

“AAC&U is honored to have such a talented group of higher education leaders on our board of directors,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “Their diversity of perspectives and commitment to excellence is more critical than ever in advancing our mission of promoting liberal learning and equity in undergraduate education in service to democracy.”

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

  • Thomas Bailey, George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education and Director, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • William J. Craft, President, Concordia College
  • Ronald Crutcher, President, University of Richmond
  • Alex Johnson, President, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Lenore Rodicio, Executive Vice President and Provost, Miami Dade College
  • Judith Shapiro, President, The Teagle Foundation

For a complete list of AAC&U’s board of directors, visit

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. Information about AAC&U can be found at