AACRAO Names A New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is pleased to announce that Michael Reilly will join AACRAO as Executive Director on June 1, 2012. Mr. Reilly was selected from a highly qualified pool of candidates after a national search. He will succeed Jerry Sullivan, who is retiring from AACRAO after a very successful fourteen-year tenure.

Currently serving as the Executive Director of the Council of Presidents in the state of Washington, Mr. Reilly brings to AACRAO extensive experience in public policy and higher education. The Council of Presidents is an association of the presidents of Washington State's six public baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Reilly represents the presidents and the institutions in the state legislature and serves as their liaison with the Governor’s office and with multiple state agencies. He facilitates the work of over thirty committees as well as numerous academic and professional staff from the member universities.

Prior to his work with the Council of Presidents, Mr. Reilly served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Humboldt State University in California and at Central Washington University. His higher education experience includes work in both admissions and student affairs at Washington State University, Seattle University, and Iowa State University. Mr. Reilly’s career in academic and enrollment services has been characterized by a commitment to access to higher education, collaboration among diverse constituencies, data-driven decision-making, and sustainable strategic initiatives.

Mr. Reilly earned a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University and completed graduate work in anthropology at Washington State University. His record of community service beyond higher education is extensive, including serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce (Arcata, California), United Way (Kittitas County, Washington), and Ellensburg Gallery One in Washington.

Mr. Reilly brings to AACRAO a deep appreciation of and commitment to the values of the association. The Board of Directors is grateful to the many members of the higher education community, including AACRAO members and staff, who contributed to the search process. We look forward to introducing Mr. Reilly at the association’s 2012 annual meeting in Philadelphia in early April.