John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education


George L. Mehaffy serves as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, D.C., a higher education association representing 420 public colleges and universities and their 3.8 million students.  His division is responsible for developing and managing programs for member institutions in areas such as organizational change, civic engagement, leadership development, undergraduate education, technology, international education and teacher education.  He works closely with university presidents and chief academic officers on a variety of national initiatives.  Each year, his division organizes a number of conferences and meetings, including two national conferences each year for AASCU chief academic officers.  He has  directed a number of innovative projects, including international programs with China and Liberia; a technology transformation annual conference with EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida; an articulation project with community colleges; and two major national studies of student success.  In 2003, he launched the American Democracy Project, a civic engagement initiative with 240 colleges and universities, in partnership with The New York Times. Most recently, he organized a national effort to transform undergraduate education through an initiative entitled the Red Balloon Project.  Before coming to AASCU, he had more than twenty years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education in Texas, New Mexico, and California.  In addition, he served for 33 years in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as a Captain (0-6) in 2000.