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University President To Be Named Chairman Of The Board Of Campus Compact

University of Utah President, J. Bernard Machen

June 17, 2002 — University of Utah President Bernie Machen was recently named chairman of the board of Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 800 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2002, and is a two-year position.

“President Machen brings unique perspective and experience to this position,” observes Liz Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact. “He is committed to the development of students’ citizenship skills and values. He supports faculty who integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. And he encourages partnerships between campuses and communities – as evidenced by his recent west-side initiative in Salt Lake City.”

The University of Utah President has served on the 23-member Campus Compact board since 2000. The board meets twice yearly and sponsors presidential leadership colloquia every couple of years.

President Machen notes, “Colleges and universities must prepare their students to be active, committed and informed citizens so that they will have developed the necessary leadership skills to become the future leaders of their communities. Our coalition seeks to establish supportive campus environments for the engagement in community service. I am honored to lead this group.”

Campus Compact members bond together to promote a renewed vision for higher education – one that supports not only the civic development of students, but also the campus as an active, engaged member of its community.