February 8, 2007

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Heather Harris Graduate Intern, Heather Berg, Media Relations and Editorial Services ManagerAmerican Association of State Colleges and Universities (202) 478 -4665

President Zaccari appointed to the AASCU Board of Directors

The American Association of State Colleges and University (AASCU) elected Valdosta State University’s President Ronald M. Zaccari to serve on the Board of Directors for 2007. President Zaccari will serve a three-year term along with other university chancellors and presidents from around the country.

The AASCU’s membership consists of more than 430 colleges, universities and systems of public higher education throughout the United States and its territories. The four-fold purpose of the AASCU includes: (1) to promote appreciation and support for public higher education and distinctive contributions of our member colleges and universities, (2) to analyze public policy and to advocate for member institutions and the students they serve, (3) to provide policy leadership and program support to strengthen academic quality, promote access and inclusion, and facilitate educational innovation, (4) and to create professional development opportunities for institutional leaders, especially presidents, chancellors and their spouses.

“One of the primary challenges of my presidency is to receive knowledgeable information about diverse and changing external influences that affect the daily operation of Valdosta State University,” President Zaccari said. “Serving on the AASCU national board and representing over four hundred public higher education institutions will be a valuable experience that will strengthen VSU’s strategic and master plans.”

For more information, please contact the President’s Office at (229) 333-5952.