News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Herrera (202) 478-4665


Washington, D.C. – Constantine W. (Deno) Curris announced today his plans to retire as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Curris assumed the presidency of AASCU in October 1999.

Carlos Hernández, president of New Jersey City University and chair of the AASCU Board of Directors said, in accepting Curris’ resignation, “Over the course of his presidency, Deno Curris’ leadership has been extraordinary, not only on behalf of our member institutions and their students but on behalf of the entire higher education community in this country.

“His leadership, commitment and passion for our institutions and their missions are unmatched and Deno has clearly been a national leader in efforts to shape America’s educational policy agenda.” 

Hernández went on to say that Curris leaves AASCU in a very strong position both programmatically and financially.

A specific retirement date has not been established, but Hernández said the executive committee of the board has begun discussion on the search and transition process.

“Our goal is to work with the AASCU Board and staff to ensure continuity and a smooth leadership transition,” said Hernández.

The AASCU Board will meet during the association’s Annual Meeting at the end of November.


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.