KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn was elected March 10 to serve as a member of the board of directors for the American Council on Education, the major coordinating and advocacy body for all of the nation's colleges and universities.
He was elected at the 96th annual ACE meeting that attracted some 1,500 American education leaders to San Diego for the March 8-12 gathering. Dunn is one of seven new board members who will serve three-year terms expiring in March 2017.
"I am deeply honored by the faith and responsibility my colleagues have entrusted in me," Dunn says. "Their vote provides a significant opportunity for me to be deeply involved in the higher education policy issues confronting our nation. I'm looking forward to serving with my fellow board members—all of whom bring experience in leading colleges or universities that, like WMU, play an important role in the national higher education environment."
Additional new three-year members of the ACE board include the leaders of Case Western Reserve, Drexel, West Virginia and Washington State universities as well as the leaders of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Community Colleges. The board is led this year by the president of Allegheny College, James H. Mullen Jr.
About the American Council on Education
Membership in the Washington D.C.-based organization is made up of representatives of more than 1,800 organizations that collectively promote, protect and advocate for students, faculty and administrators in higher education. ACE represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions--including public and private and profit and nonprofit institutions. It is the most visible and influential higher education association in the nation and is at the center of federal policy debates concerning legislation that affects campuses across the country.
Dunn has served as president of WMU since July 2007.