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Dr. Lorenzo Esters Named Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement at AAC&U

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has appointed Dr. Lorenzo Esters vice president for advancement and member engagement. In this role, Esters will promote the mission of AAC&U.

Esters comes to AAC&U with past experience in senior positions at various higher education institutions, national organizations and the federal

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government. He most recently served as executive director for Higher Education Partnerships at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) where he led a major initiative around the mastery of twenty-first century skills. Before ETS, he served as vice president for philanthropy at Strada Education Network, where he focused on grant-making.

“Lorenzo’s professional experience has centered on increasing philanthropic and institutional capacity to support student access, retention, and completion efforts—particularly for low-income students and students of color,” states an AAC&U press release. 

Esters holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Rust College, a master’s degree in English from Jackson State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Morgan State University. 


“I have long admired the leadership and advocacy that Lynn [AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella] and the amazing team at AAC&U provide on behalf of liberal education,” Esters said. “I have observed from afar the great work the organization does to support liberal education, equity, inclusion, and student success—all things I care about greatly. Now, I am excited to support this great work moving forward as a member of the team.”

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