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Pomona College President Named Vice Chair of Association of American College and Universities

President David Oxtoby

David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, has been named vice chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Board of Directors. The AAC&U is the leading national educational association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. It has a membership of more than 1,150 accredited public and private colleges and universities. 

Oxtoby has been president of Pomona College since 2003. Under his leadership, the College has adopted a new General Education curriculum, completed three major academic buildings, and carried out a strategic planning process to guide the College through the coming decade. 

Prior to coming to Pomona College, he served as dean of physical sciences at the University of Chicago, where he was on the faculty for almost three decades. He is an internationally noted chemist; the author or co-author of numerous scientific articles on such subjects as light scattering, chemical reaction dynamics, and phase transitions; and a co-author of two popular textbooks in chemistry. At Pomona, Oxtoby holds a coterminus appointment as professor of chemistry.