North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun has been elected to serve as the board chair of the Amer­ican Council on Edu­ca­tion (ACE), the largest orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­senting pres­i­dents and chan­cel­lors of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the United States. Aoun offi­cially assumed his role on Monday at the organization’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.

Aoun, who will serve a one-​​year term for the 94-​​year-​​old orga­ni­za­tion, will replace former chair Eduardo J. Padrón, the pres­i­dent of Miami Dade Col­lege in Florida. Aoun had pre­vi­ously served as the board’s vice chair.

Amer­ican higher edu­ca­tion is at a crit­ical inflec­tion point,” Pres­i­dent Aoun said. “Because of the pre­em­i­nence of our system, the efforts we’re making to inno­vate and expand higher edu­ca­tion have cap­tured the atten­tion of the world. I’m hon­ored that my col­leagues have elected me as board chair during a period of great chal­lenge and opportunity.”

In his role as chairman of ACE, Aoun will con­tinue to advo­cate for the strength and diver­sity of the Amer­ican system of higher edu­ca­tion, which, he said, “remains the envy of the world.”

Joseph’s advo­cacy on behalf of Amer­ican higher edu­ca­tion and his lead­er­ship of North­eastern give him a breadth and depth of knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence that will serve him well as the chair of the Amer­ican Council on Education’s board of direc­tors,” said ACE Pres­i­dent Molly Cor­bett Broad. “I look for­ward to a pro­duc­tive and exciting year ahead.”

Aoun was named pres­i­dent of North­eastern in 2006. Over the last six years, he has strength­ened the university’s lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion anchored in Northeastern’s sig­na­ture co-​​op pro­gram. He also took expe­ri­en­tial learning global, to 85 coun­tries on all con­ti­nents. His lead­er­ship has fos­tered a use-​​inspired research envi­ron­ment in which fac­ulty can address real-​​world chal­lenges, with par­tic­ular emphasis on the fields of health, secu­rity and sus­tain­ability. Over the past five years, Northeastern’s external research funding and its phil­an­thropic sup­port have doubled.

Aoun is the recip­ient of the 2011 Robert A. Muh Alumni Award in the Human­i­ties, Arts and Social Sci­ences of the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Technology.

Ear­lier this month, Aoun was named to a 19-​​member aca­d­emic advi­sory council for the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Security.