For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
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AAC&U Announces Appointment of David Paris as New Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons

Nov 20, 2012

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of David Paris as a new Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons.  Paris will begin his work at AAC&U on January 1, 2013, and is moving into this new position from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability where he has served as Executive Director since the Alliance’s founding in 2009. 

In addition to the work he has undertaken here in Washington, DC, since 2009, David Paris has had a long and distinguished career as a faculty member and academic leader at Hamilton College, serving as a department chair in the Government Department and as Associate Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.  While heading the New Leadership Alliance, Paris continued in his role as Professor of Government at Hamilton College, and also held appointments both at AAC&U and at the Council of Independent Colleges. 

Dr. Paris comes to AAC&U as it launches a new strategic plan and will lead an office at the association focused on a key goal in that plan: advancing integrative liberal learning and social responsibility for all students.  Among other things, he will lead initiatives related to engaging students in exploration of “big questions” in a global society and developing inquiry and innovation in the liberal arts and sciences and across contemporary designs for general education.

“As we launch a new strategic plan with focused attention on the urgent need to prepare students for a world characterized by diversity, global interconnections, and rapid change, I am very pleased to welcome David Paris to our leadership team at AAC&U,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider.  “We have worked with David over the past several years as he has built support for new forms of assessment and new leadership for quality in undergraduate education through the New Leadership Alliance. During that time and in his many years as a faculty member and leader at Hamilton College, David Paris has demonstrated an unflinching commitment to liberal education and has provided inspired intellectual leadership for advancing an integrative vision for quality in the 21st century.”

David Paris has worked in higher education for thirty-five years in a number of administrative and leadership roles.  While VPAA/Dean at Hamilton College, he oversaw a comprehensive curricular reform, a longitudinal assessment project, several faculty development initiatives, including interdisciplinary programs and seminars on globalization, and a significant expansion of undergraduate research.  He also increased hiring of women and minorities on the faculty, obtained grant support for faculty seminars on diversity, and served on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for a Stronger Minority Presence.  While a faculty member and chair of the Government Department, Paris also developed summer research programs, helped to create a public policy center and an oral communication center, and promoted a new major in World Politics.  As a teacher and scholar, Paris’ areas of expertise are political theory and public policy, with a particular emphasis on education policy at all levels.  He is the author of two books, The Logic of Policy Inquiry (with James Reynolds; Longman, 1982) and Educational Reform: Themes and Theories in Public Education (Westview, 1995).

“It’s a real honor to be invited to join AAC&U’s leadership team,” said David Paris, Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons. “AAC&U has been the leading organization in defining and promoting liberal education for the 21st century.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to help extend that work to encompass new understandings of general education and its relationship to ‘big questions’ and global problems.”