ACE President Molly Corbett Broad Announces Plans to Leave Post
January 03, 2017

Council’s first female president led series of innovative initiatives; ACE to launch national search for new leader

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, who became ACE’s 12th president in 2008 and is the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1918, announced today that she will step down on Oct. 31, 2017.

During her tenure at ACE, Broad spearheaded a wide range of initiatives aimed at advancing the Council’s historic mission of leadership and advocacy, improving access to postsecondary education, and enabling colleges and universities to anticipate and respond in innovative ways to an evolving higher education landscape.

Those accomplishments included modernizing the GED® testing program; creating more flexible pathways to college degrees and credentials for nontraditional learners; reaffirming the educational benefits of a diverse student body; expanding the higher education leadership pipeline; and examining how effective instruction can increase student success.

Under her leadership, ACE undertook a number of efforts to address key higher education policy topics, including accreditation, federal regulation and the Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education leadership campaign to achieve gender parity in the academy.

Broad recently oversaw an ACE Roundtable that provided guidance to college and university presidents and chancellors on ensuring that intercollegiate athletics programs are part of a culture of integrity that stresses the primacy of the academic mission.

“It has been a privilege to work with colleagues across the higher education community and from every type of institution on so many vital and complex issues during this pivotal and challenging period for American colleges and universities,” Broad said. “As ACE heads toward its centennial year, the Council’s role as the major coordinating body for all of higher education and responsibility to help campus leaders see around corners and understand how to meet constantly evolving challenges and capture corresponding opportunities has never been more important.”

“Molly's leadership has had a profound impact on higher education,” said John J. DeGioia, chair of the ACE Board of Directors and president of Georgetown University (DC). “Her unwavering commitment to excellence has animated all of our work, strengthening our efforts to improve access and provide the very best education to students across our country.”

DeGioia added that ACE will soon launch a national search to identify candidates to serve as the Council’s 13th president.

Broad came to ACE from the University of North Carolina (UNC), where she served as president from 1997-2006, leading UNC through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth. Broad held a number of administrative and executive positions at several universities prior to her tenure at UNC.

At the California State University system, she served as senior vice chancellor for administration and finance from 1992 to 1993, and as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer from 1993 until her election as UNC president. Earlier in her career, Broad served as the chief executive officer for Arizona's three-campus university system (1985–92) and in a succession of administrative posts at Syracuse University (NY) (1971–85).

Broad earned a General Motors Scholarship to Syracuse University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a baccalaureate degree in economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She holds a master's degree in the field from The Ohio State University.

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