Douglas L. Christiansen Named Board of Trustees Chair
Douglas L. Christiansen Named Board of Trustees ChairAbby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, The College Board
During the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Members, Maghan Keita, professor of history & director of the institute for global interdisciplinary studies at Villanova University addressed College Board membership and assumed his new role of past-chair of the College Board’s board of trustees. He then announced a new board chair. Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs, dean of admissions and financial aid and associate professor of public policy and higher education and accepted his nomination as chair of the College Board’s Board of Trustees, and gave remarks about the exciting precipice on which the organization stands.
“There is a feeling of excitement among attendees this year,” said Christiansen. “It’s palpable, and it is because the College Board is truly taking action to deliver opportunities to students.”
Christiansen cited significant organization-wide initiatives that are driving this action, including the assessment redesign and the College Board’s partnership with Khan Academy.
Christiansen’s vision is in keeping with the College Board’s four key tenets:
- Prepare students for success through access to high-quality instruction and assessment.
- Propel students toward college and career by working to simplify the college planning process.
- Reach higher by providing high-quality programs and services.
- Thrive as an organization by strengthening relationships, services, and communication to better serve the needs of students.
These core principles are the force behind the forward momentum within the College Board that will be the hallmark of Christiansen’s chairmanship. In addition to the assessment redesign and the exciting new partnerships and programs that are on the horizon, Christiansen stressed the importance of the College Board’s members and their support for these efforts.
“Each of you is critical to the College Board’s mission,” said Christiansen as he addressed the membership. “Board members, community members, staff, and leadership must all work together as a team to further the mission and take the College Board to the next level.”
As Vanderbilt’s chief enrollment strategist, Christiansen oversees several offices and programs. He is an expert on issues of enrollment management, domestic and international admissions, access and equity, and revenue generation funding models.
Christiansen’s College Board resumé is long and robust, making him extremely qualified to lead the Board of Trustees into the next phase of delivering opportunities to students. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011, and last year was chair of the Finance Committee, on which he served for three years. Prior to being a Trustee, Christiansen served on the College Board’s Task Force on Admissions in the 21st Century, the Advanced Placement® National Higher Education Advisory Council, the Trustee-appointed Membership Committee, and the National Colloquium Planning Committee.