M. Lee Pelton Elected To ACE Board Of Directors

Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton was elected to the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) at the organization's 83rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Pelton will serve through 2003.

ACE is a comprehensive association of the nation's colleges and universities dedicated to analysis of higher education issues and advocacy on behalf of quality higher education and adult education programs. Its membership includes about 1,600 accredited, degree-granting institutions from all sectors of higher education and nearly 200 national and regional higher education associations and organizations. ACE works to coordinate the interests of all sectors of higher education into a single voice on issues of national policy.

The 38-member board of directors is the governing body of ACE, responsible for overseeing the management of ACE and setting the general policy direction for the organization, which represents higher education before Congress, federal agencies, the Supreme Court, and the federal courts.

Pelton has been president of Willamette since 1998. He came to the University from Dartmouth College, where he was dean of the college and taught English for seven years. At Dartmouth, he was noted for his commitment to diversity and his efforts to enhance undergraduate intellectual life. Earlier in his career, he was a dean and English professor at Colgate University and taught English and American literature at Harvard University.

Pelton serves several national and regional organizations in a leadership position, including the American Association of Higher Education and the Oregon Governor's Commission on Financing Higher Education. He is also a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. He earned his bachelor's degree at Wichita State University and his doctorate at Harvard.