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W&L President Ruscio Elected to AAC&U Board of Directors

— by on February 17th, 2010

Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

Ruscio was among seven new directors that AAC&U elected at its annual meeting in Washington earlier this month.

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. The organization, founded in 1915, comprises 1,200 member institutions and functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning.

“AAC&U’s membership is very fortunate to be led by such a strong and committed board of directors,” said Carol Schneider, president of the organization. “The board’s leadership has contributed greatly to the growth of AAC&U’s membership and the strengths of its programs and publications.”

Ruscio is currently in his fourth year as the 26th president of Washington and Lee. A 1976 graduate of W&L, Ruscio earned an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1978 and 1983, respectively.

In 2009, Ruscio was among 82 college and university presidents and chancellors who joined a new Presidents’ Trust formed by the AAC&U to make the case for liberal education and its value in today’s world.

In addition to Ruscio, new directors elected by AAC&U were Sean Decatur, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College; Zelema Harris, chancellor of St. Louis Community College; David Hodge, president of Miami University in Ohio; Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission; Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Michigan; and Sanford J. Ungar, president of Goucher College. David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, was elected president of the AAC&U board.