On behalf of the Executive Council, the Board of Directors, and the entire membership (both our charter and active members), I am delighted to welcome you to the ACAO website. The Association of Chief Academic Officer was established to respond to a critical need in higher education. We believe that a well-supported and equipped chief academic officer is always a better academic officer for her or his institution.  

The vision of ACAO is an exciting one, striving to professionalize the chief academic officer’s role, providing a network of support for its members, creating a forum for national and international deliberations on higher education issues, and contributing toward the preparation of future academic officers. We hope this vision is compelling enough for non-member institutions to become members and inspiring enough for those who are members to volunteer for leadership roles in the ACAO committees. 

Please take a few minutes to explore our website to learn more about ACAO's current activities.  Stop by our E-Lists located under the features tab on your member profile page.  Join the conversation, we want to hear what you think.

Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna
Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs,York College of Pennsylvania

Our Mission

The Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) serves the Chief Academic Officers of member institutions by providing a forum for the development of academic affairs best practices, affording CAO members.....

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ACAO Officers

ACAO’s operations are run through and by committees.  The following are the existing committees and those who have interest in any of the committees should reach out to the appropriate committee chair...

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