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Release: March 20, 2002

President Coleman selected to serve as national leader in alcohol and other drug prevention

The U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention today announced that UI President Mary Sue Coleman has been selected to serve on the Presidents Leadership Group (PLG), a body of higher education presidents and chancellors who have declared their commitment to student substance abuse prevention. Higher education officials from 31 campuses representing 22 states have now joined in this effort.

The Presidents Leadership Group (PLG) was originally formed by the Higher Education Center in 1997 with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring national attention to alcohol and other drug prevention on college and university campuses, and Coleman was a member of that original group. That year, the six-member PLG published an alcohol prevention report urging college presidents to become more active leaders on this issue on their campuses and in their surrounding communities.

"The issue of alcohol abuse in higher education is of critical importance, and college and university presidents need to serve as strong leaders on their campuses and in their communities to address this problem," said Coleman. "I am pleased to renew my commitment to the Presidents Leadership Group to support other presidents, and to serve as a model through my own efforts."

The expanded PLG will build upon the activities of the original group, with members serving as prevention spokespersons, change agents, and models for other presidents. PLG members will also serve to further statewide and regional alcohol and other drug prevention efforts, with members adopting leadership roles in existing regional initiatives or taking the lead in states where statewide efforts have not yet taken hold.

"Presidential leadership is a critical component of successful prevention efforts on college and university campuses, and of effective partnerships between these institutions and their surrounding communities," states Higher Education Center Director William DeJong. "We are looking forward to seeing these presidents serve as change agents in their campus communities, and also as models for other presidents who are looking to take action."

Some 26 new PLG members were chosen based on their previous leadership and their plans for future leadership in alcohol and other drug prevention. The rigorous selection process required applicants to submit personal statements, letters of support from people within their institution and their surrounding community, and biennial review reports—a federal reporting requirement under the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations.

The following college and university leaders have been selected to be part of the new PLG:

Institution
President/Chancellor
State
 
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Kozloff
PA
California State University, Fresno
John Welty
CA
California State University System
Charles B. Reed
CA
Clarkson College
J. W. Upright
NE
College of Santa Fe
Linda Hanson
NM
Edgewood College James Ebben
WI
Frederick Community College Patricia Stanley
MD
Gustavus Adolphus College Axel Steuer
MN
Lehigh University Gregory Farrington
PA
The Ohio State University William Kirwan
OH
SUNY, Potsdam John Fallon
NY
San Diego State University Stephen Weber
CA
Southeastern Louisiana University Randy Moffett
LA
University at Albany, SUNY Karen Hitchcock
NY
University of Bridgeport Neil Salonen

CT

University of California, Santa Barbara Henry Yang
CA
University of Delaware David Roselle
DE
University of Kentucky Lee Todd
KY
University of Puget Sound Susan Pierce
WA
University of Missouri, Rolla Gary Thomas
MO
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Frank Cassell
PA
University of San Diego Alice Hayes
CA
University of Wyoming Philip Dubois
WY
Weber State University Paul Thompson
UT
West Virginia University, Parkersburg Erik Bitterbaum
WV
Western Washington University Karen Morse
WA

Additionally, the following original PLG members have reaffirmed their commitment to this effort by continuing their membership:

Institution
President/Chancellor
State
 
Prairie View A&M University
Charles A. Hines
TX
Tennessee Wesleyan College
B. James Dawson
TN
University of Iowa
Mary Sue Coleman
IA
University of Rhode Island
Robert Carothers
RI
Vanderbilt University
Gordon Gee
TN

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention serves as the national resource center for institutions of higher education concerned with reducing alcohol and other drug use. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with supplemental funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center offers training, technical assistance, publications, and other information to assist those who want to take an active part in changing the environment in which students make decisions about alcohol and other drug use. The Higher Education Center is based at Education Development Center, Inc., an internationally known non-profit educational research and development organization located in Newton, Mass.

For additional information, contact the Higher Education Center by telephone (800) 676-1730 or through the Internet (HigherEdCtr@edc.org). The Center's Web site (www.edc.org/hec) provides one-stop shopping for alcohol and other drug prevention in higher education.