For Immediate Release —April 2, 2009
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo President Named to ACE Board of Directors

GENESEO, N.Y. – Christopher C. Dahl, president of the State University of New York at Geneseo, has been named to the board of directors of the American Council on Education.  He will serve on the board as the representative for the Association of American College and Universities, whose board he chaired from 2007-08.  It is customary for former board chairs to represent AAC&U on the ACE board.  Dahl will serve on the board until 2012.

AAC&U is the nation’s leading association concerned with the quality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.  ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions.  Founded in 1918, ACE represents more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations. 

“It was an exciting time to be on the AAC&U board and serve as its chair, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with my fellow board members in advancing the cause of liberal learning in this country,” said Dahl.   “I intend to continue this work as a member of the AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust and look forward to addressing the wide range of issues facing American higher education as a member of the ACE Board.  It will be an honor to serve.”

Dahl has been president of SUNY Geneseo for 13 years, after serving as the college’s provost and interim president.  He also is professor of English.   He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Yale and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard.  Dahl is a past president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a consortium of 25 colleges and universities dedicated to high-quality liberal arts education in the public sector.  Locally, he is a past president of Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of 19 area colleges and universities and a former trustee and board chair of The Allendale Columbia School.   He also serves on the boards of Rochester’s Center for Governmental Research and the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.