Kalamazoo College President Jorge G. Gonzalez was named today to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. His term will start after the ACE annual meeting April 15 and run through September 2026.
ACE is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community toward shaping effective public policy and professional practice to benefit students, communities and the public good. More than 1,700 colleges and universities, related associations and other organizations in the U.S. and abroad make ACE the only major higher education association to represent two-year and four-year, public and private degree-granting institutions.
“I’m honored to be joining the ACE board as an institutional representative of the Council of Independent Colleges,” Gonzalez said. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to support the work of ACE, an organization that advocates for educational innovation and champions equity and access to a high-quality education for all students.”
Gonzalez has served as K’s president since July 2016 and has been a fierce advocate of the liberal arts. He previously served Occidental College as its vice president for academic affairs and dean from 2010–2016. Before working at Occidental, Gonzalez was an economics faculty member at Trinity University for 21 years.
Gonzalez served as the president of the International Trade and Finance Association in 2014. He is the president of the Board of the F.W. and Elsie L. Heyl Science Scholarship Fund and serves on the boards of the Annapolis Group, Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities, Michigan Colleges Alliance, Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
“I deeply appreciate Jorge’s service to the ACE Board of Directors and dedication to helping ACE carry out our mission to mobilize American higher education for the good of our students and communities,” ACE President Ted Mitchell said.
Read today’s announcement from ACE on its website.