News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Herrera (202) 478-4665


Presidents Explore Internal, External Leadership Challenges in Advancing Public Progress

Washington, D.C. – Members attending the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) 2010 Annual Meeting will explore higher education’s role in providing stewardship for America’s future. Sessions will focus on institutional strategies that can be used to help advance public progress in areas like P-20 education, economic competitiveness and charting the future of regions and communities.  Nearly 200 presidents and chancellors from around the country will attend the meeting in Charleston, S.C., which runs from Sunday, November 21 – Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Political commentator and columnist Donna Brazile will deliver the Opening General Session Keynote Address on Sunday, November 21.  Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine and the recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus’ award for political achievement, Brazile has worked on every democratic presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000. In her remarks, Brazile will discuss the midterm election results and what they mean for higher education.

During the meeting’s Urban/Metropolitan Coalition session, also on Sunday, leaders of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) and AASCU will sign a formal partnership agreement designed to promote collaboration and stewardship endeavors between CUMU and AASCU. 

On Monday evening, November 22, AASCU will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with a reception and preview of the association’s anniversary video that features alumni and students from AASCU institutions. AASCU was founded in 1961 and will celebrate its anniversary throughout 2011. 

On Tuesday, November 23, U.S. News and World Report’s Editor-at-Large and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen will speak about the global forces shaping higher education during the meeting’s General Session. Gergen, a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School and director of its Center for Public Leadership, will address how the shifting economic and political environment will affect public higher education.

Also on Tuesday, November 23, General Ann E. Dunwoody, Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command, will be presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dunwoody is a 1975 graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland and is the first woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to attain the rank of four-star general.            

The meeting will also feature several sessions focused on key internal leadership challenges affecting the ability of presidents and chancellors to lead externally, such as identifying new revenue sources, strategic budgeting and institutional realignment.

Other meeting highlights include the President-to-President’s Lecture Luncheon with guest lecturer Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the presentation of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.


AASCU is the leadership association of 420 public colleges and universities Delivering America’s Promise through their common commitments to access, affordability and educational opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state.