VCU President Michael Rao elected Chairman of the Board of the American Council on Education – VCU News


The president of the Commonwealth of Virginia University, Michael Rao, has been elected chairman of the board of the American Council on Education.

Rao was selected today at ACE’s business meeting hosted via a webinar with ACE members, and his term will begin in March 2022, following ACE2022, ACE’s annual meeting, from March 5-7 in San Diego. He succeeds Ronald A. Crutcher, President Emeritus of the University of Richmond, and will serve for one year. Rao is currently vice president.

CAOT members also elected Linda A. Livingstone, President of Baylor University, as Vice-President.

“In these turbulent and difficult times, ACE’s work to convene, organize, mobilize and lead advocacy efforts that shape effective public policy and help colleges and universities better serve their students, communities, and the public good. at large has never been more important, “said ACE President Ted Mitchell.” I deeply appreciate the commitment, leadership and willingness to serve of Michael and Linda, as well as the entire ACE Board of Directors, and I want to express my deepest gratitude to Ron for all he has done in the past. year for ACE and the entire higher education community. “

Rao became the fifth president of VCU and the VCU Health System in 2009, and is the first Asian-American president in the history of the university. He continued to consolidate VCU’s place among the country’s leading urban and public research universities, leading strategic efforts focused on academic quality, student success, and research that drive regional economic development and improve lives.

Rao runs a university with an academic health system whose flagship hospital, VCU Medical Center, is ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the country. VCU trains more than 29,000 students from 101 countries in more than 220 diploma and certificate programs. As the largest employer in the Richmond area and among the largest in the Commonwealth, VCU has an economic impact on Virginia of $ 9.5 billion. Additionally, VCUarts Qatar, located in the education city of Doha, is internationally recognized for its excellence in art and design.

“Our mission at VCU is to serve students, patients and our communities in a way that promotes access to high quality education and demonstrates that there is a path to success for every individual,” said Rao. “I am delighted to have the privilege of serving in this role for ACE, an organization whose own mission aligns so well with those same goals, and I am honored to follow the leadership and inspiration exemplified daily by Ron. Crutcher. “

Livingstone is the 15th President of Baylor University. She oversaw the development of Baylor’s university strategic plan, Illuminate, which details Baylor’s pursuit to become a preeminent Christian research university, and the global $ 1.1 billion campaign behind Illuminate, called Give Light. . A former student-athlete and strong spokesperson for the role of faith-based institutions in American higher education, she has established herself as a researcher in organizational behavior, leadership, creativity and academic accreditation.


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