Current Events

AALE Board of Trustees Opens Search for
President of the Academy

Nominations should be sent to Diane Auer Jones, Chair of the Nominating Committee at aaleadmin@aale.org. Nominations will be accepted until search is complete.

For position description, click here.


AALE Announces New Acting President

The American Academy for Liberal Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr.
Charles Butterworth as acting president of the Academy effective January 15, 2011.

Butterworth is an emeritus professor of politics and government at the University of Maryland.
He brings to the position a distinguished scholarly career focused on Arabic-Islamic political
thought, service on AALE’s board of trustees, and a lifetime commitment to liberal education.

“Charles is a strong voice for the liberal arts and sciences,” said AALE Board Chair Dr. Ralph
Rossum. “As chair of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee, Charles has played a central
role in overseeing AALE’s domestic accrediting efforts. Further, his involvement in AALE’s
expanded work overseas, especially in the Middle East, gives him considerable expertise in
AALE’s ongoing work of accreditation and advocacy in the liberal arts, both domestically and

Butterworth succeeds outgoing president Jeff Martineau, under whose leadership AALE has
become a prominent voice for liberal education outside of the U.S. while continuing its important
domestic accreditation activities.

The Academy continues to function as the only accrediting agency for programs and institutions
focused on liberal education. A search for a permanent president will commence soon.


Newsletter Archives

Download & read AALE’s Fall 2008 Newsletter/Update as a printable PDF.

Download & read AALE's Winter/Spring 2005 Newsletter as a printable PDF. In this issue, read about:

  • Addition of New Board Members Reflects AALE's Growing Mission
  • Charter Accreditation Director Sarah Cunningham writes on the Benefits of Accreditation and Characteristics of Successful Charter Schools
  • AALE Launches New Higher Education Membership Programs for Schools Outside the US
  • New Member Profiles
  • AALE's First International Affiliate Members
  • New Staff Announcements
  • Teaching American History Grant Evaluation Update
  • New AALE Board of Trustees Chairman A. Lee Fritschler Appointed


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