Assumption College President Elected to AICUM Board of Directors

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, Inc., (AICUM) has announced that Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester, MA, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

“President Cesareo is a thoughtful and forceful advocate of independent higher education,” said Richard Doherty, president of AICUM.

Cesareo was inaugurated in October 2007 as the 16th president of Assumption College. He came to Assumption from Duquesne University where he was dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

“As the president of a liberal arts college, I am passionate about the important role higher education plays in the lives of our students and in the life of our community, locally and globally,” said President Cesareo. “I am honored to join the Board and to work in partnership with other independent colleges on the vital issues affecting our students and the future of higher education.”

Prior to his 2004 appointment at Duquesne University, Dr. Cesareo was a member of the history department at John Carroll University from 1989–2004. In 1997 he was appointed the founding director of the Institute of Catholic Studies, a position he held until 2004. He also was the holder of the John J. and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Studies. As director of the Institute he successfully raised an endowment of $4.8 million for the work of the Institute.

AICUM was founded by independent college presidents and today comprises 60 degree-granting, accredited independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. It is the leading voice on public policy matters effecting independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts. AICUM plays a critical role in advocating for state and Federal funding for need-based student financial aid, research, and addressing state and Federal legislative and regulatory issues.

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Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews