Oct. 11, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- The
Board of Trustees today announced its plans to further strengthen the academic leadership of the University through the appointment of Dr.
to president elect of
. Dr. Pattenaude is Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting body known as NEASC.
Dr. Pattenaude served as chancellor of the
University of Maine
System from 2007 until 2012. Prior to that, he was president of the
University of Southern Maine
for 16 years. Dr. Pattenaude is currently the
University of Maine
System's chancellor emeritus and system professor of Political Science. He earned his B.A. in economics at
San Jose State University
and his Ph.D. in political science at the
University of Colorado
, chairman of the
Board of Trustees, announced that Dr. Pattenaude will assume the role of
October 19, 2012
and will serve in this capacity through August of 2015. Dr. Pattenaude will replace Dr.
who has served as the University's president since
. Dr. Tice will leave the post to take on the role of Ashford's executive vice president for Academic Affairs.
"The opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of expertise of the University's senior leadership team was one the entire Board of Trustees embraced," said Dr. Leahy. "We are thankful for Dr. Tice's leadership of
over the past 21 months and pleased that she will now lead the University's Academic Affairs."
To ensure a seamless transition and to provide continuity, the Board of Trustees has formed a Transition Council. Reporting to Dr. Pattenaude will be Dr.
and two experts in higher education to act as senior internal advisors to the new president. Dr.
, president emeritus of
, executive director of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability have accepted the posts.
"During this time of transition, we are confident in the abilities of Dr. Pattenaude and his advisors to ensure a continuity of outstanding leadership with a strong focus on further improving academic quality and student success," Dr. Leahy added.