ACTA Celebrates 25 Years of Success!
ACTA will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exciting roster of events, culminating at the storied Library of Congress, which Thomas Jefferson envisioned as a temple of learning for our nation.
Please join us, as we review a quarter century of shared work promoting academic excellence and academic freedom and look ahead to the frontiers before us.
Click here to see a full listing of anniversary events.
In 2006, former ACTA president Anne Neal testified before the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Ms. Neal passionately made the case that “For too long, constituencies such as alumni, trustees—and, yes, Commissioners—have been expected to remain outside the walls of the ivory tower.” She countered that the only way to reform America’s system of higher education is through engaged and informed trusteeship.
Academic Freedom—the freedom of thought to challenge widely-held beliefs and to speak one’s mind is indispensable to an excellent college education. Yet on campuses today, we routinely find that academic freedom is under assault. In 2013, ACTA released Free to Teach, Free to Learn, a guide for trustees on how to promote freedom of expression and intellectual diversity on their campuses.
In Spring 2019, we were honored to elect Edwin Williamson as the new chairman of our board of directors. Widely known as an expert in public international law and national security issues, he served as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State from 1990 to 1993. He has a wealth of experience serving on both corporate and philanthropic boards. He is a former chairman of the board of regents and a former trustee of the University of the South. Mr. Williamson is leading ACTA into a new frontier as we strive to promote academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability at our nation’s colleges and universities.