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President Braveman Tapped as NAC&U Board Elects New Executive Committee Officers

Published July 12, 2017

At its recent meeting in June at Valparaiso University, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman was tapped by The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) board of directors as it elected the following slate of executive committee officers for the 2017-18 fiscal year:

  • Chair: Daan Braveman, President, Nazareth College
  • Chair-Elect: Troy Hammond, President, North Central College
  • Secretary: Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne
  • At-Large Member: Fayneese Miller, President, Hamline University

President Braveman, previously chair-elect, succeeds University of Evansville President Thomas Kazee who served as board chair from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. President Kazee will remain on the executive committee as immediate past chair.

"We are grateful to have such a respected group of leaders dedicated to the NAC&U mission who will continue to develop our collaborative opportunities," said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. "All of their institutions are stellar examples of the NAC&U approach to higher Education.”

Students benefit from NACU by being able to spend a semester at one of the 23 other campuses, take online courses from other member colleges, and take advantage of more study abroad opportunities.

For more than 20 years, NAC&U institutions have come together to forge collaborations that enrich faculty work and improve student outcomes. Its constituency groups gather regularly to share best practices and consult with one another to enhance institutional effectiveness, allowing its members to address challenges head-on with the knowledge and support of peers.

Together NAC&U members are committed to promoting the best practices of the purposeful integration of liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement. To achieve this, a significant percentage of students at NAC&U institutions are engaged in community-based learning, undergraduate research, or other forms of experiential learning.

About The New American Colleges and Universities

Founded in 1995, The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size (2,000 – 7,500 students) independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. To improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning among its members, NAC&U manages conferences, grant-funded and special projects, administrator and faculty groups, surveys and data benchmarking, marketing and communication outreach, and student programs. For more information, please visit or follow us @NACandU.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.