Richard F. Wilson
Wilson Appointed to Commission on Women in Higher Education
July 30, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – The American Council on Education (ACE) has appointed Illinois
Wesleyan University President Richard F. Wilson to the Commission on Women in Higher
Education for a three-year term. The Commission, comprised of 30 to 40 presidents
from every major type of academic institution, provides council to the ACE and the
ACE’s Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE).
Since the founding of the ACE in 1973, the OWHE has been dedicated to providing national
leadership in the advancement of women into executive positions and campus presidencies.
The OWHE’s mission statement includes identifying women leaders, developing and encouraging
their abilities, and linking them to a nationwide support system. Signature programs
are the National and Regional Leadership Forums and the ACE State Networks, both of
which bring women and men committed to addressing the needs of women in the academic
world together for needed discussion.
Appointed by the President of the ACE, members of the Commission are active advisers
to the OWHE and ACE, offering opinions on policies and issues related to women in
higher education. The Commission also assists with the evaluation of current programs
and suggests new program initiatives.
Wilson’s appointment to the Commission was effective July 1, 2008 and will culminate
on June 30, 2011.
For additional information about the Commission on Women in Higher Education, visit
the ACE Web site.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181