Statement | Trusteeship

ACTA’s Chief of Staff and Senior VP of Strategy Armand Alacbay Appointed to George Mason University Board of Visitors

June 29, 2023 by ACTA

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) is proud to announce that the organization’s Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President of Strategy Armand Alacbay has been appointed by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to serve on the George Mason University Board of Visitors.

In his June 29, 2023, announcement, Governor Youngkin remarked that the new appointees “will help the Commonwealth’s higher education institutions build on our history of excellence. Some of the country’s best colleges are right here in Virginia and I look forward to our board members’ continued emphasis on diversity of thought, commitment to students and development of a talent pipeline to ensure that Virginia’s education systems are vibrant for years to come.

“As a lifelong Virginian and a Fairfax County resident for over three decades, I am honored and humbled to be asked by Governor Youngkin to serve on the governing board of my alma mater,” said Mr. Alacbay. “I am grateful for the governor’s vision for public higher education in the Commonwealth, and I look forward to helping George Mason University continue to fulfill its mission in service to the people of Virginia.”

Mr. Alacbay oversees ACTA’s dynamic portfolio of initiatives related to trustee and government relations and helps determine and guide all of ACTA’s programming priorities. His research and commentary on higher education policy issues have been featured in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, FOX News, and Forbes,among others. Prior to joining ACTA, he worked in private practice as a trial attorney and later managed an educational services startup company.

“For 12 years, our colleague Armand Alacbay has directed ACTA’s work to help trustees understand their roles and duties and guide higher education policy at the state and federal level,” stated ACTA President & CEO Dr. Michael Poliakoff. “He is a visionary chief of staff. His expertise in college finance, governance, and accreditation is legendary. In appointing Armand Alacbay to the George Mason University Board of Visitors, Governor Youngkin has placed a public servant of integrity and brilliance on the board of an outstanding public university whose importance to Virginia and the nation will grow greater every year.”

Mr. Alacbay received his B.A. in economics and English from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Civil Rights Law Journal.

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