News Release from AASCU


Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665


Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has selected Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole, Ph.D., to deliver the President-to-Presidents lecture at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

A tradition at the AASCU Annual Meeting for more than 30 years, the President-to-Presidents lecture is a signal honor bestowed by the AASCU Board of Directors on one of their colleagues. The president chosen generally addresses colleagues on leadership based on her/his experience. During the annual meeting luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at noon, Dr. Cole will give a speech titled, "And That One Talent Which Is Death to Hide: The View from a Quarter of a Century as a University President."

Dr. Cole writes and speaks extensively about current issues in American higher education. She became the eighth president of Montclair State—the second-largest university in New Jersey—in 1998, and is the first woman to lead the university. Previously, she served as president at Metropolitan State University (Minn.) and held leadership positions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Antioch University (Calif.).

For over 20 years, Dr. Cole has helped further public higher education initiatives by contributing her time and expertise to AASCU, including by serving on the board of the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development, the AASCU Board of Directors, and multiple committees. Dr. Cole is also an honorary trustee of the Liberty Science Center and on the boards of the Montclair Art Museum and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Council of Trustees. Governor Chris Christie appointed her as New Jersey’s representative to the Education Commission of the States. She earned three degrees in English and American literature: a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University (N.Y.) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University (Mass.).

Approximately 200 presidents and chancellors from around the country will attend the annual meeting, which runs from Saturday, Oct. 21 – Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. 


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