UNC President Norton to Serve on National Commission

University of Northern Colorado President Kay Norton has been named by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to a national commission that will address the role of public universities in a global economy.

Norton will be among 12 presidents and chancellors serving on the AACSU Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness. The commission will work to assess and project the global impact of economic, political and technological changes in America's public universities. Members will recommend to presidents and chancellors initiatives that will strengthen the success of their institutions and ensure graduates are globally competitive.

"It's exciting to be asked to serve on this commission," Norton said. "The transformative power of education occurs when we meet the needs of students by preparing them to be productive citizens in the ever-changing global economy."

The commission’s other members are: President Susan C. Aldridge, University of Maryland University College; President Donald Betz, Northeastern State University (Okla.); President Robert A. Corrigan, San Francisco State University (Calif.); President Helen Giles-Gee, Keene State College (N.H.); Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University (Ala.); President Robert W. Kustra, Boise State University (Idaho); President Dorothy Leland, Georgia College & State University; President Michael T. Nietzel, Missouri State University; President Denise M. Trauth, Texas State University-San Marcos; Chancellor Jorge Ivan Velez-Arocho, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez; and President Leslie E. Wong, Northern Michigan University.

The commission's first meeting will be July 19.

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