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ACE Announces Launch of Association of Chief Academic Officers

February 06, 2013

New Organization Set to Convene Initial Session at ACE Annual Meeting in March

ACE today announced plans for the launch of the first national professional organization representing chief academic officers from all sectors of higher education. The Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) will hold an initial organizational meeting during ACE’s 95th Annual Meeting, March 2-5 in Washington, DC.

The new organization, which will represent chief academic officers (CAOs) such as provosts and vice presidents for academic affairs from all accredited higher education institutions, will provide a forum for discussing important academic affairs issues, as well as an environment where CAOs can communicate with, inform and educate one another.

A steering committee of the planned ACAO, chaired by New Mexico State University executive vice president and provost emerita Wendy K. Wilkins, has been laying the groundwork for the launch. The initial meeting is scheduled to occur at 8 a.m., March 3, during the exclusive pre-conference programming for chief academic officers, with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast preceding the meeting.

“While there are professional associations that serve presidents and deans and others in the higher education community, there has been a void when it comes to serving the professional development and networking needs of CAOs across sectors,” said Jayne Marie Comstock, director of ACE’s Executive Leadership Group. “ACE, in our role as a convener for higher education associations, is pleased to be able to assist in the start-up of this important new organization. This is consistent with ACE’s mission to support, prepare and inspire higher education leaders.”

“Chief academic officers strive as part of their primary mission to promote academic quality, set the academic vision of their institutions and ensure student success,” said Wilkins. “This exciting new organization will be a fulcrum for higher education innovation and a place where CAOs can support each other and pursue professional development.”

Interested CAOs are welcome to attend the initial organizational session, at which their institutions will have the opportunity to become charter members of the association.

The formation of the ACAO is supported by a generous contribution from a leading independent academic and professional publisher SAGE.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Riskind ▪ 202-939-9453 ▪ jriskind@acenet.edu

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