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May 10, 2012
Contact: Timothy Willard
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James L. Gaudino Elected Board Member of the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Dr. James L. Gaudino, President of Central Washington University, has been elected to the board of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), effective July 1, 2012. He was elected to a three-year term during the CHEA Board of Directors meeting held May 1, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gaudino became President of Central Washington University on January 1, 2009. Before coming to Central Washington University, he was the founding Dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. He previously was Executive Director of the National Communication Association for 15 years. During this time, he was an adjunct professor at George Mason University and George Washington University, and earlier served on the faculty of Michigan State University’s Department of Advertising.

Dr. Gaudino holds a doctorate in Communications from Michigan State University and a Masters degree in management from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA is the only national association focused exclusively on higher education accreditation.

The CHEA Board of Directors is composed of chief executive officers from degree-granting institutions, joined by other institutional representatives and public members. The board and executive committee meet three times each year.


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