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Feb. 12, 2008

Contact Rick Artman at 608-796-3001 or rbartman@viterbo.edu

VITERBO PRESIDENT RICK ARTMAN NAMED TO THE ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University President Rick Artman has been named to the national Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).

The ACCU is based in Washington, D.C., and represents nearly 200 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and serves an additional 17 international Catholic universities as affiliates. Artman began his three-year term on the board Feb. 4.

“I am pleased to have been selected by my peers to serve on the ACCU Board of Directors,” Artman said. “The relatively small board of 18 directors will enable me to contribute to the national and international conversation on the heritage and value of Catholic higher education, as well as add to the national visibility of Viterbo. Catholic higher education has a rich intellectual tradition and our Catholic colleges and universities are in a privileged position to bridge faith and culture, church, and society. My appointment will also strengthen our commitment to Viterbo’s Catholic identity, one of the four institutional priorities in the new strategic plan.”

Artman has served as a president of a Catholic university since 1994, 12 years at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., and at Viterbo since July of 2006.

Founded in 1899, the purpose of the ACCU is to promote and strengthen the mission and character of Catholic higher education in the United States and to serve as its collective voice. The ACCU has formed productive partnerships with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, and various other national Catholic agencies. Its home in the National Center for Higher Education supports collaboration with other higher education associations. The ACCU also works cooperatively with the secular and religious press to secure meaningful and accurate coverage of Catholic Higher Education.

“I am delighted that Dr. Artman has joined the ACCU Board of Directors,” said Richard Yanikoski, ACCU President and CEO. “His broad experience in Catholic higher education will be of great value as the association works to strengthen its services and programs.”

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