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AACU President to Lecture as Part of "Transforming SLU" Series

Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D., president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), will speak as part of the Conversations for the Decade Ahead series on Wednesday, Feb. 21. She will present "Educating for Democracy:  Liberal Education and the American Dream" in Boileu Hall at 1:30 p.m.

Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D.
Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D.

A graduate of Quineberg Valley Community College and Mount Holyoke, she received her doctorate from Brown University. Pasquerella joined the faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985. While at Rhode Island, she rose through the ranks and held positions including vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the university’s graduate school. Pasquerella has previously served as a college president at Mount Holyoke College among other key positions in her decades-long career in higher education.

She was named provost of the University of Hartford in 2008. Two years later, Pasquerella was appointed the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke. Her tenure as president was noted for its outreach to local, regional and international stakeholders, a strong strategic planning process and commitment to sustaining Mount Holyoke’s vibrant campus community.

Pasquerella has written widely on medical ethics, metaphysics, the philosophy of law and public policy. She is a member of the boards of the National Humanities Alliance and Lingnan Foundation and holds a seat on the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation. She has received honorary doctorates from Bishop’s University and Elizabethtown College. Pasquerella is also the host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute.

Pasquerella has led the AACU since 2016.

The presentation is open to all members of the SLU community. 

For more information about Attis’s presentation or the ongoing speakers series, contact Doug Williams, Professor of Law and Co-Leader of the Operational Excellence Program, at or 314-977-5793.

About “Conversations for the Decade Ahead

One of the “Transforming SLU” initiatives, the speakers series features national experts in higher education, and is designed to engage faculty, staff and students in a year of community-wide conversations about the rapidly changing environment of academia. The “Conversations for the Decade Ahead”  web page includes materials from previous presentations and a growing library of articles about higher education.