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ACCU Announcements


ACCU Elects New Board Members

At its most recent meeting in October, the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities elected three new members:

  • James Harris III, University of San Diego
  • Linda LeMura, Le Moyne University
  • Francis Campbell, University of Notre Dame Australia, as the Board’s international representative.

All have terms that end in 2024.

A full listing of Board members can be found on ACCU’s Executive Leadership page.


Join the First Virtual ACCU Annual Meeting!

There’s still time to register for ACCU’s 2021 Annual Meeting — and for any of several targeted pre-conference sessions — taking place virtually amid continued pandemic restrictions.

Half-day virtual conferences for mission officers, diversity officers, and senior student affairs officers all take place on February 4. A session for Women Executive Leaders occurs on February 2 and one for Aspiring Presidents takes place on February 3. (Read more about all the pre-conference events.)

Then, beginning on February 5, the ACCU Annual Meeting will bring together leaders in Catholic higher education from around the world. Under the theme “What We’ve Learned: Catholic Higher Education for a World on the Verge,” sessions will focus on some of the most pressing issues facing the sector. Speakers will discuss the sustaining values of Catholic higher education, consider how to strengthen institutions going forward, and reflect on adjusting to meet the world's most pressing needs.

Confirmed speakers and sessions include:

  • Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theology, Fordham University, “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church”
  • Barbara Mistick, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education, “The New Administration and Its Impact for Higher Education”
  • Marie Lynn Miranda, Provost, University of Notre Dame, “Moment to See, Courage to Act”
  • Arthur Levine, The Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy, New York University, “The Future of American Higher Education”
  • Rev. Friedrich Bechina, FSO, Undersecretary, the Congregation for Education, The Holy See, “Beyond Ex Corde: Pope Francis's Hopes for Catholic Universities”

Registration rates go up in January! Be sure to sign up now and secure your spot!



Collegium Prepares for Next Executive Director

Collegium, a program of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities that engages faculty from all traditions to discover how they can contribute to their institution's Catholic identity, has announced its next executive director.

Karen Eifler, professor of education and co-executive director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at the University of Portland, will succeed Tom Landy in June 2022. Landy, founding executive director of Collegium, will retire from his position at that time, as will Joyce Gawlik, who has served as Collegium assistant director for 20 years.

Eifler has been a member of the Collegium board and has also served as a mentor for numerous participants. She was a member of the planning team for the program’s “Pause at 25” and served as co-editor (with Landy) of the volume of essays on sacramental educative practices from multiple disciplines titled Becoming Beholders: Cultivating Sacramental Imagination and Actions in College Classrooms, which won three national prizes.

“There is no one who has served Collegium in so many different ways, or who better embodies the spirit that makes Collegium the unique, enriching, and rewarding experience it is than Karen,” wrote Norah Martin, Collegium board chair, in announcing Eifler’s appointment.

Fr. Mark Poorman, CSC, University of Portland president, has promised his university’s full support of Collegium, and remarked on Eifler’s suitability to be its leader. He noted her “unparalleled commitment to the beauty, grace, and indispensability of Catholic higher education; an extraordinary track record of integrating spirituality and faith into disparate, perhaps unexpected parts of our institution; a boundless zeal for guiding individuals and scholarly success; and an abiding and deeply held enthusiasm for the good work of Collegium.”

Landy, who has developed the program into a transformational experience enjoyed by so many faculty participants over the years, finds this to be “an exciting moment of transition. It means so much to know that Collegium will be guided by a great leader as Karen Eifler, and by a dedicated board that fully supports her work. I expect that Collegium’s best days lie ahead.”

Read the full announcement on the Collegium website.