Board of Directors Statement on Carol Geary Schneider's Retirement Announcement

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dr. Carol Geary Schneider’s decision to step down as AAC&U’s president at the end of June 2016 offers the Board of Directors an occasion to commemorate her remarkable achievements. For the last fifteen years as president of AAC&U, and in the ten years prior to that as a vice president, Carol has compiled a significant record of advancing liberal education, its quality, and its inclusiveness.

The Board congratulates Carol. To a person, we feel privileged to have worked with her on these critically important matters, especially in this Centennial year. The Board takes this opportunity to express its gratitude for all that Carol has accomplished, and we pledge our continued commitment to working with her in the months ahead to advance several key initiatives.

We also will prepare the association for the exciting work ahead. It is a testament to Carol’s personal leadership that she began working with the Board on the timing of the transition well in advance of her announcement. She also has assembled a staff of exceptionally talented and dedicated colleagues who will work closely with the Board in the coming months. We will soon formally launch the search for her successor and communicate with the association about the process and the timing.

For the moment, though, we call upon the membership to pause and reflect upon this historic moment for AAC&U. Carol Geary Schneider’s presidency has been a remarkable one. As members of the Board, we have been fortunate—and, more importantly, higher education in this country has been fortunate—to have benefited from her creative and inspired leadership.