Summer 2014 News


AALE announces results of 2014 Annual Elections


The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) held annual elections on June 13, 2014. Returning to the Board of Trustees for a second-term of office are Diane Auer Jones and John B. Tieder, Jr., and returning to the Council of Scholars for a second-term is Richard Myers.

Ms. Diane Auer Jones is the Senior Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer at Career Education Corporation (CEC) and President of the Career Education Scholarship Fund (CESF). Prior to joining CEC Ms. Auer Jones served as the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as the Director of Government Affairs at Princeton University and was CEO of The Washington Campus, a non-profit organization that serves as the Washington, DC campus for 16 of the nation’s leading graduate schools of business. A molecular biologist by training, Ms. Auer Jones is a graduate of Salisbury University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, and of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she completed a master’s degree in Applied Molecular Biology and doctoral coursework in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Ms. Auer Jones brings to AALE an extensive background in higher education and public policy.

Mr. John B. Tieder, Jr. is Senior Partner at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar, Fitzgerald, LLP, Maclean (VA). Mr. Tieder’s practice focuses on a broad range of issues related to construction of major infrastructure and energy projects worldwide. He is recognized in the International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers and Business Lawyers and holds the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. Mr. Tieder is a graduate of Syracuse University and American University, where he received his J.D. degree and of John Hopkins University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He is a regular participant in the Executive Seminars at St. John’s College in Annapolis (MD). The author of numerous articles and an active lecturer on international commercial law, Mr. Tieder brings to AALE an avid commitment to liberal education in addition to his legal expertise. He serves as a public member on the AALE Board of Trustees.

Dr. Richard Myers is President of Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. He sits on the boards of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, and Destiny Sault Ste. Marie. Dr. Myers is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees and his Ph.D. in political science. Fluent in French, Greek, German and Italian, he has taught at Hokusei Gakuen University (Japan) and Wenzhou University (China). Dr. Myers brings to his work on the Council of Scholars experience in post-secondary educational administration as well as a combined strength in the practice of liberal education and international teaching.

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