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July 1, 2013
Contact: Timothy Willard
(202) 955-6126

CHEA Board of Directors Elects New Board Members
and Executive Committee

(Washington, DC) – At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), held April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, DC, the board elected new members and reelected several sitting board members. The board also elected the 2013-2014 executive committee. The changes are effective July 1, 2013.

New members of the board (who will serve three-year terms from 2013-2016) are:

  • Cynthia Hammond, President, Central State University (OH)
  • Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University (NH)
  • David Maxwell, President, Drake University, (IA)
  • George Pruitt, Thomas Edison State College (NJ)
  • Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association (Belgium)

Reelected as board members (to serve three-year terms from 2013-2016) are:

  • John C. Bravman, President, Bucknell University (PA)
  • David Johnson III, Intermountain Healthcare (UT)
  • Elsa Núñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)

David G. Carter, Chancellor Emeritus, Connecticut State University System (CT), was reelected to a one-year term (2013-2014).

Members of the Executive Committee (who will serve a one-year term from 2013-2014) are:

  • John E. Bassett (Chair), President, Heritage University (WA)
  • Madlyn L. Hanes (Vice Chair), Vice President, Commonwealth Campuses, Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Dorothy Leland (Secretary), President, University of California–Merced (CA)
  • Andrew Benton (Treasurer), President, Pepperdine University (CA)
  • Bobby Fong (Member-at-Large), President, Ursinus College (PA)
  • David G. Carter ( Immediate Past-Chair)

“We thank these individuals who will serve on CHEA’s board and executive committee,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton. “They join a distinguished roster of individuals who work on behalf of higher education accreditation and CHEA. We are most appreciative of their efforts."


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