Sexton to Chair American Council on Education Board of Directors

The Academy Chair will lead the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions.

John Sexton, president of New York University and Chair of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, has been named chair of the Board of Directors at the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. Sexton assumed his role in March during ACE’s 92nd Annual Meeting in Phoenix. He succeeds Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida, and will serve a one-year term.

Before becoming ACE Board chair, Sexton served as vice chair. “Institutions of higher education serve a unique and indispensable role in our society: they are engines of personal achievement and advancement, birthplaces of innovations and great new ideas, and all-too-uncommon oases of meaningful intellectual exchange,” Sexton said. “Organizations such as ACE play such a crucial role: clarifying how important a robust higher education system is to our nation’s strength, prosperity, and future. I am honored to be named chair of this wonderful and venerable organization, and to be a public champion of the need to maintain America’s unequalled excellence in higher education.”

Sexton was designated NYU president in 2001. He also serves as the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School’s dean emeritus. In 2009, Sexton was named one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents.”