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ACL Committees

Board Committees


Executive Committee

The ACL Board shall establish an Executive Committee to support and advance the vision and mission of the ACL.

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the immediate past President (provided that such individual is still a director of this corporation), and up to two directors of this corporation elected in accordance with the By-laws.


Function: The Executive Committee shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Board to provide direction to the Executive Director. It will serve as the operations oversight committee and will receive regular reports from the Standing Committee chairs. The committee will meet four (4) times per year, either in person or by conference call.

Nominating Committee

Appointed by the Board of Directors each year to select qualified candidates for election to the board.


Other Committees


Professional Development Committee

Function: The Professional Development Committee will provide oversight and strategic direction for the ACL Annual Conference, the ACL Institute, webinars and other approved professional development activities. The Committee shall identify and coordinate program topics, presenters, and locations.

Chair: Kiernan Mathews, Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

In this capacity Kiernan serves on all three professional development committees to ensure that there is synergy across the programs offered.



ACL Annual Conference Committee

The annual conference planning committee provides assistance to the conference host in planning the content of the annual conference. The annual conference provides a first opportunity to connect with directors and staff in organizations that collaborate in Higher Education. Conference topics span issues and trends in Higher Education as well as professional development topics aimed at improving communication, strategic planning and other organizational skills that have been identified by member constituencies. Planning efforts aim to develop interactive learning and the building of shared knowledge in conference sessions. The committee chair is the host for the coming year; vice- chair is the host the following year.

Chairs: Tracy Thompson, Executive Director, NELLCO Law Library Consortium, Inc., Amy Doonin Cronin, New York Six


ACL Virtual Professional Development Committee

The Virtual Professional Development Committee develops (with Board approval) a series of virtual programs providing deeper coverage of conference topics and issues that emerge from member feedback. This committee plans and delivers periodic professional development programs in webinar, podcast, and other virtual formats. These programs foster smaller group working sessions in which to interact and learn with directors and staff in organizations that collaborate in Higher Education. This program series also provides opportunities through which members can share expertise about specific topics, such as models of academic or administrative collaboration, methods for advancing organizational outcomes, leadership issues and best practices.

Chair: Diane Dimitroff, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Inc.

ACL Summer Institute

The purpose of the ACL Summer Institute is to better equip leaders of higher education collaborative organizations for the challenges of the future by professionalizing their roles and building a curriculum for a leadership workshop based on a well-defined body of knowledge regarding high-impact practices in collaborative leadership. The Institute planning and curriculum was developed by a group of ACL board members who devoted significant time to building the modules. Each year the institute curriculum is reviewed by the co-deans and teaching faculty members/facilitators make adjustments to their sessions subject to approval from whole group, based on intensive review of feedback from prior participants and the Institute program goals. It is expected that teaching faculty members/facilitators will be those who have significant experience in senior leadership positions at ACL member collaborations. Content areas covered are listed on the ACL website. International Institutes in China grew out of this work.


Current faculty members/facilitators are: Barbara Allen, Big Ten Academic Alliance; Kevin Kennedy, Five Colleges, Incorporated; Stig Lanesskog, Claremont Universities Consortium; Beth Moy, Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education; Claire Ramsbottom, Colleges of the Fenway; and Owen Williams, Associated Colleges of the South.

Deans:Barbara McFadden Allen, Claire Ramsbottom, and Stig Lanesskog.


Knowledge Repository Committee

The Knowledge Repository Committee reviews and selects print (articles, books) and on-line resources for their usefulness as references and resources for those leading and facilitating collaborations and consortia in higher education. The Committee periodically reviews the items in the ACL Knowledge Repository and promotes a selected set of the most salient items for those just beginning to explore these resources.

Chairs: Neal Abraham, Executive Director and Five College Professor of Physics Five Colleges, Incorporated and Phillip DiChiara, Managing Director, The Boston Consortium for Higher Education.

Knowledge Creation Committee

The Knowledge Creation Committee will facilitate the study of current and emerging practices in higher education collaboration. Through the collection and development of new articles, publications and presentations, as well as through actively eliciting knowledge from member leaders around topics as they arise, the Committee will build internally and externally broader understanding of the value of collaboration in Higher Education, as well as the principles and approaches that advance, measure and evaluate its practice and outcomes.

Chair: Beth Moy, SEPCHE

Members Services Committee


The Member Services Committee has two main functions: 1) Welcoming new members to ACL and 2)Maintenance of a new member support group that provides outreach, networking, and guidance for new members (whether new individuals in an existing member organization or new organizations).


Chair: Irene Burgess, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Consortium for Liberal Arts



Task forces and other committees

The ACL Board or Executive Committee may appoint Task Forces or other Committees as deemed necessary to advance the vision and mission of the ACL.

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