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May 28, 2015
Contact: Timothy Willard
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Thomas Cornacchia Joins CHEA Staff
As Vice President for Recognition Services

(Washington, DC) –Thomas Cornacchia has joined the staff of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as Vice President for Recognition Services.

The Vice President for Recognition Services’ responsibilities include coordinating and managing CHEA’s recognition policy and process, working with the CHEA Committee on Recognition and providing information to CHEA constituents and the public with regard to CHEA recognition and generating national data and analysis on accreditation.

CHEA is a non-governmental organization that provides national coordination of accreditation. As one of its major functions, CHEA scrutinizes (“recognizes”) accrediting organizations based on standards developed for this purpose. At present, 60 accrediting organizations are recognized by CHEA.

“Tom has worked in higher education accreditation for the past 20 years,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton. “He brings valuable understanding of and experience in accreditation to his position at CHEA.”

Prior to joining CHEA’s staff, Cornacchia served as Director of Operations and Program Development at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, where his responsibilities included scheduling and coordination of on-site accreditation evaluations and Commission standards supervision. Previously, he was Director of Accreditation for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and held a variety of positions at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of approximately 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA is the only national association focused exclusively on higher education accreditation. For more information, visit CHEA's Website at

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