March 4, 2021
As you know, we have conducted a thorough search for a new Executive Director that included strong candidates
from within higher education, nonprofit management, the private sector, and public service. An executive level search like this is always striving not just to find someone with strong qualifications but to ensure that the candidate is the right person
at the right time to move the organization forward.
As the Board of Directors moved forward with discussions, we were not able to find that perfect match for AACRAO and have made the decision to suspend the search.
While we are disappointed with this outcome we want to affirm that the search will recommence in the next fiscal year (hopefully, post-COVID). This pause will allow the Board to assess the search process, make adjustments, and re-open in a more
I am thrilled to announce that Melanie Gottlieb has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director. In addition, Mike Reilly has agreed to support the organization in a temporary advisory role. This transition will begin on May 1.
AACRAO has advanced under the strong leadership that Mike has
provided and the Board wanted to ensure that AACRAO continues to move forward in this critical time for higher education. We are in the final stages of a very successful strategic planning process that resulted in the newly established AACRAO Strategic
Goals. We are confident that we have the leadership in place to continue to support you and your institution as we move the association forward in these challenging times.
Please join me in congratulating Melanie and thanking Mike for their
service to AACRAO.
President, AACRAO Board of Directors