Loras College President Jim Collins has been unanimously elected board chair for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). As chair, Collins will lead the national association by serving its member campuses in a number of timely and critical ways, helping to foster vibrant Catholic identity at member institutions, facilitating cooperation among members and responding to emerging member needs.
“It is an honor to serve as ACCU Chair and I am humbled by my colleagues’ affirmation. Faith-based education serves as one of the critical components in our nation’s founding and ACCU plays a prominent role in ensuring these foundational elements as ever worth advancing in an increasingly secular culture,” said Collins.
Prior to holding the esteemed position of chair, Collins served as the ACCU vice chair, secretary/treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. Collins was elected chair shortly after Fr. Michael Garanzini, president of Loyola University–Chicago, announced his resignation to serve as secretary for higher education for the Jesuits. Following the announcement, Villanova University President Fr. Peter Donahue was elected to serve as Collins’ vice-chair.
Founded in 1899, the ACCU serves as the collective voice of U.S. Catholic higher education, which represents over 210 member institutions. Immediately prior to Collins and Garanzini, the presidents of St. Bonaventure University, DePaul University, University of San Diego and Boston College served as ACCU board chairs, respectively.