University of North Carolina Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and excellence of higher education in service to democracy. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.
“I am deeply honored to serve on the Board of AAC&U, together with my nationally-respected higher education colleagues, as we seek to advance higher education, raise awareness of the value of liberal education for work, life, global citizenship, and democracy, and aim to catalyze reform in higher education to emphasize discovery and innovation as fundamental aspects of a liberal arts and science education,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy J. Cable.
Dr. Cable is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, educational access, financial aid and affordability, and liberal arts and sciences curricula. She joined UNC Asheville in August 2018 as the University’s eighth chancellor. With more than four decades of broad and diverse expertise in higher education, Dr. Cable has held leadership positions at both private and public institutions, including Denison University, Guilford College, Davidson College, University of Virginia, and Bates College. Prior to becoming Chancellor of UNC Asheville, Dr. Cable served as President of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.
“Chancellor Cable is a visionary leader and extraordinary champion of liberal education and equity. We are thrilled to welcome her to AAC&U’s board and look forward to learning from her insights,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.
Dr. Cable’s professional service has included membership on many boards of trustees for schools and colleges, including Marietta College, the College Board Task Force on Equity in Higher Education, The Council of Independent Colleges, the Maine Public Broadcasting System, the Jacksonville Civic Council, WJCT Public Radio and Television in Jacksonville, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Asheville School. From 2013-2017, she served as chair of The Better Angels Society Board of Directors, which advises and supports Ken Burns’s work as America’s leading documentarian of long form historical documentaries. In January 2017, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for the Humanities in Washington D.C. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Asheville Symphony.