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January 24, 2011
Contact: Timothy Willard
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The Reverend Charles L. Currie To Receive
Special 2011 CHEA Award

(Washington, DC) – The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will present a special 2011 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes to The Reverend Charles L. Currie, S.J., President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The presentation will be made on January 26 at a ceremony during CHEA’s 2011 Annual Conference and International Seminar in Washington, DC.

The CHEA Award was established in 2005 to recognize exceptional practice in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability.

“This is the first time that CHEA has given this award to an individual,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton. “Father Currie has made an extraordinary contribution toward enhancing quality in our colleges and universities, reflecting his longstanding commitment to the best in teaching and learning.”

Fr. Currie has served as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) since 1997. During his tenure as president, Fr. Currie has worked actively to promote collaborative efforts among Jesuit colleges and universities, as well as with educational programs throughout the world. In August 2010, he announced his retirement from AJCU.

Previously, Fr. Currie served as president of Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University), as president of Xavier University and in faculty and administrative positions at Georgetown University and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. In addition to graduate degrees in philosophy and theology and a doctorate in physical chemistry, he is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees and, most recently, the Hesburgh Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the DeSmet Medal from Gonzaga University.

The 2011 CHEA Annual Conference and International Seminar will be held January 24-27 at the Marriott Hotel Washington in Washington, D.C.

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