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Pomona College President Named Board Chair of the Association of American College and Universities

David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, became chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Board of Directors, at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. The AAC&U is the leading national educational association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education, with a membership of 1,200 accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

Oxtoby became the ninth president of Pomona College in 2003. Under his leadership, the College has launched initiatives in sustainability, completed three new academic buildings, and carried out renovations of several historic campus buildings. Pomona College remains committed to meeting 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need through financial aid scholarships and has replaced loans with grants in student-aid packages, in order to enhance the access of low-income and under-represented students to a Pomona College education.

Prior to coming to Pomona College, Pres. Oxtoby 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 and 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, he holds a co-terminus appointment as professor of chemistry.

In addition to serving as chair of the AAC&U, Oxtoby is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers.