Grant Cornwell

Grant Cornwell has been elected to the AAC&U board


Cornwell elected to Association of American Colleges & Universities board

National organization of 1,300+ institutions supports liberal education

04 February, 2014 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – Grant Cornwell, president of The College of Wooster, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. With a nearly 100-year history and national stature, AAC&U is an influential catalyst for educational improvement and reform.

"I am honored to join AAC&U's board," Cornwell said, "and especially so because my election signals the high regard in which Wooster is held in the higher education community. AAC&U is a powerful voice not only for the enduring value of liberal education, but for its dynamism and innovation as well."

Cornwell is nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global context. He served on the national advisory board of Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy, a three-year faculty and curriculum development initiative of AAC&U, from 2001 to 2004, and also has served on the advisory board for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education.

Since taking office in 2007, Cornwell and his administrative team have worked tirelessly to move The College of Wooster forward, with notable success. Guided by a new strategic plan developed under his leadership, Wooster has made strategic investments in its mission and its vision for the future. The past six years have been the best six years for applications in Wooster's history, and the college's selectivity, academic profile, and diversity have all increased.

Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions, including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.