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Davidson President Tapped for Board of National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

by Bill Giduz

Carol QuillenDavidson College President Carol Quillen has been appointed to a three-year term as a board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).

NAPCS is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Its mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector.

"The Board of Directors at the National Alliance is comprised of some of the most respected and experienced names in the education community, and I am excited that President Quillen is joining them," said NAPCS President and CEO Nina Rees. "Through her wealth of experience in higher education, she brings a valuable perspective that will help inform and guide us toward our goal of ensuring charter school students not only attend high-quality elementary and high schools, but go on to graduate from four-year colleges and universities."

President Quillen became the 18th president of Davidson College on Aug. 1, 2011. Since taking office, she has sought to reimagine the liberal arts within the changing landscape of higher education and the global economy to ensure educational excellence and access for all talented students regardless of their financial circumstances.

She has led Davidson to a national leadership role in preparing elementary and secondary school students for admission and success in college. Davidson has recently announced a partnership with the College Board and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to employ Davidson faculty members to develop, test and disseminate effective blended learning curricula that will give all students access to advanced courses in core subjects like economics, math, biology and physics.

President Quillen said, "New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world."

She continued, "These technologies can make content delivery virtually free, collaboration across boundaries easy, and personalized learning possible. They allow colleges and universities and their partners to create bridge-building projects from high school to higher education for every able kid."

NAPCS serves 2.3 million students in more than 6,000 charter schools nationwide. The organization strives toward growing the number of high-quality charter schools available to families, especially those who do not currently have access to high-quality public schools.

An accomplished administrator and a respected scholar, President Quillen came to Davidson from Rice University in Houston, Tex., where she was vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives. At Rice, Quillen also was a member of the history faculty, director of the university's Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, and vice provost for academic affairs.

President Quillen has written two books on Petrarch, as well as scholarly articles, reviews and papers. She received a number of teaching awards during her tenure at Rice, and also has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies.

She holds a bachelor's degree in American history from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with special and general honors, and a doctoral degree in European history from Princeton.

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