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April 18, 2005

Austin To Head Board Of Accrediting Agency

President Philip E. Austin has been named president-elect of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the nation’s first and oldest regional accrediting agency.

Founded in 1885, NEASC serves 1,882 member institutions in the six-state region and in 66 countries around the world. The association brings together higher education, public schools, independent schools, career and technical institutions, and overseas schools and colleges under the governance of a Board of Trustees. The association’s mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-kindergarten to the doctoral level.

Austin will serve as president of the NEASC Board of Trustees for a three-year term. He will take office as president at the 120th annual meeting in Boston on Dec. 9.

“Phil Austin was selected by his colleagues, who are confident that his involvement, leadership skills, insights, and reputation will strengthen the entire New England education community,” says Jacob Ludes, III, executive director and CEO of NEASC.