President Flynn named to new roles in NAICU and ACCU


Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., has been named Vice Chair of the board of the Association for Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), and will chair the Committee on Accountability as a member of the Executive Committee of the board for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Both organizations are based in Washington, D.C.

The NAICU is the national public policy association for the nation’s private, non-profit colleges and universities. Since 1976, the association has focused on policy issues with the federal government, such as student aid, taxation, and government regulation. The organization’s Committee on Accountability is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of NAICU's agenda in federal policy areas related to accreditation and regulatory/reporting requirements.

“A stagnant economy, rapidly changing demographics, and tightening fiscal constraints are among the unprecedented challenges facing private higher education today,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. “Tom has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2014, and has a deep understanding of the issues our members face nationally and on their own campuses. His experience as a member of NAICU's Accountability Committee will serve him, our members, and higher education well in his new position as the committee chair.”

Founded in 1899, the ACCU serves as the collective voice of United States Catholic higher education. Through programs and services, the association strengthens and promotes the Catholic identity and mission of its member institutions so that all associated with Catholic higher education can contribute to the greater good of the world and the Church.

President Flynn previously served on three other national boards: the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU), and the American Council on Education (ACE) Board, which coordinates all of higher education, both public and private. He continues to serve on a national task force for the CIC.

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