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McQueen appointed to new national ACE commission for faith-based colleges and universities

The American Council on Education and Staff Reports | 

Candice McQueen

The American Council on Education recently announced the establishment of the Commission on Faith-Based Colleges and Universities. The commission’s mission is to increase visibility for the important contributions of religious and faith-based colleges and universities and to foster collaboration between religious and nonreligious colleges and universities that benefits the whole of higher education, such as on access, affordability and completion.

“ACE is honored to support and convene this important commission,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Faith-based institutions connect feelings of belief and belonging with intellectual expression and considering the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing us today, we can ill afford for religious universities to be hidden.”

The commission will focus on increasing visibility for research and academic contributions of faith-based colleges and universities. Lipscomb University President Candice McQueen is one of 13 leaders from colleges and schools across the country appointed inaugural members of the commission. In addition to McQueen, other members of the commission include President Robin Baker of George Fox University, President and Rosh Yeshiva Ari Berman of Yeshiva University, President Rochelle L. Ford of Dillard University, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gash of Pepperdine University, President John I. Jenkins of the University of Notre Dame, President Peter K. Kilpatrick of The Catholic University of America, President D. Michael Lindsay of Taylor University, President Leslie Pollard of Oakwood University, President C. Shane Reese of Brigham Young University, President Philip G. Ryken of Wheaton College, President and Professor of Economics Beck A. Taylor of Samford University and President Dwuan J. Warmack of Claflin University.

The commission hosted its first meetings in Washington, D.C, June 4. These meetings featured a panel focused on religious identity as a driver of access and innovation in higher education, a panel focused on religious mission as a driver of scholarly excellence and innovation in research and several keynote addresses.