President Ricardo R. Fernández has been named a Director of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlanta. The AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to be named to a leadership position within this esteemed organization,” said President Fernández. “I look forward to helping the Association of American Colleges and Universities fulfill its mission of making a strong liberal education the basis of a quality higher education.”
At its recent yearly meeting, the AAC&U named four other new Directors, as well as a whole new slate of officers to lead the association, including Dr. Mildred García, President of California State University, Fullerton, who was selected as the new chair of the board.
Founded in 1915, the AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. The AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. The AAC&U’s mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at both the national and local levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.
Dr. Fernández is the longest-serving president among CUNY’s twenty-three current presidents. During his tenure, Lehman has begun innovative, collaborative programs with Bronx public high schools in such areas as teaching, the arts, nursing, and the health sciences. In partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the High School for American Studies at Lehman College was established in 2002, and it has been ranked for three consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 high schools.