Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone to Chair American Council on Education Board of Directors

Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., President of Baylor University, has been named the next chair of the American Council on Education (ACE) Board of Directors. Her term will begin in April 2023, following the ACE2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and will continue until September 2024. Livingstone succeeds Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of Virginia Commonwealth University, and currently serves as vice-chair of the board.

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Ph.D., chancellor of The City University of New York, has been elected as board vice-chair, and a slate of new board members will also begin their terms after the ACE2023 meeting.

ACE President Ted Mitchell expressed his appreciation for Livingstone and Matos Rodríguez’s dedication and service to the organization. Livingstone highlighted the importance of ACE’s role in shaping higher education policy and fostering innovative practices, and she looks forward to promoting the generational impacts of colleges and universities across the United States.

Livingstone has served as Baylor University’s 15th president since 2017 and has overseen the development of the university’s strategic plan, Illuminate, which aims to position Baylor as a preeminent Christian research university. Under her leadership, Baylor achieved Research 1 (R1) status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in December 2021, three years ahead of internal projections.

The American Council on Education is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice. With a diverse membership of more than 1,700 colleges, universities, related associations, and other organizations in America and abroad, ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions.

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