The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has appointed President John R. Broderick to the Council of State Representatives.
“I am pleased to welcome and congratulate you on your appointment to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Council of State Representatives. I know you will do an outstanding job representing the institutions in Virginia,” Edward Elmendorf, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis, said in a letter to Broderick.
Located in Washington, D.C., the AASCU is an association for higher education of nearly 420 public college and universities.
According to the AASCU’s website it also represents “systems whose members share a learning-and-teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their region’s economic progress and cultural development.”
One of the AASCU’s fundamental purposes is to advocate for effective public policy at the federal level and to provide both federal and state policy analysis to advance member institutions and the students they serve.
The council members may be asked to produce quick turnaround responses on federal or state legislative matters of immediate concern or to advise staff on topical issues of public policy that may affect public colleges and universities.
“Being selected to serve on the AASCU Council of State Representatives is an honor and an opportunity. It will provide a platform for me to better understand what is occurring in public education in all 50 states, as well as form stronger relationships with peers across the country,” said Broderick.
They also strive to support the institutions of members in their mission to ready students who can be demonstrably competitive and effective in an economy and a society that require global literacy.
The council also helps formulate and recommend the public policy agenda to the association, and to assist staff in carrying out the agenda through contacts with stakeholders and members.
Another duty will be to include a high priority role of observing and providing counsel on state higher education trends and issues.
“As with my role as chair of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Presidents, it is beneficial for Old Dominion University to have a seat at the table when discussing important issues in higher education,” said Broderick.
Other Virginia institutions represented in the AASCU are George Mason, James Madison, Longwood, Norfolk State, Radford, Virginia State and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
President Broderick’s term commenced Jan. 25 and will run through Dec. 31, 2013.