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Reed College president Steven Koblik has recently been elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Council on Education. He will serve a three-year term, ending in February, 1999.

The American Council on Education (ACE), an independent, non-profit association founded in 1918, serves as an umbrella organization for the nation's colleges and universities. With a membership of nearly 1,600 accredited, degree-granting institutions from all sectors of higher education and more than 200 national and regional higher education associations and organizations, ACE is the major representative organization for higher education. Through its programs, activities, and policy-setting functions, ACE works to ensure quality education on U.S. campuses and equal educational opportunity for all citizens. The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the management of ACE and setting the general policy direction for the organization, which represents higher education before Congress, federal agencies, the Supreme Court, and the federal courts.

Steven Koblik is an internationally recognized scholar on modern Sweden and an award-winning undergraduate teacher. He received his B.A. in 1963 from the University of California, Berkeley, in history and Scandinavian languages and literature; his master's degree in 1964 from the University of Stockholm in international relations; and his doctorate in 1970 from Northwestern University, concentrating on European history since 1400. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden, in May, 1995. A frequent guest lecturer at universities in the U.S. and abroad, Koblik has served as a consultant for Swedish National Television, the United States Embassy in Stockholm, and the Swedish Department of Education. He was recently appointed to the Commission on Campus Concerns of the National Associations of Independent Colleges and Universities.

His numerous fellowships, honors, and distinctions include three Fulbrights, Mellon, and Hayes fellowships, and outstanding teaching awards at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he taught for 21 years before he served as dean of the faculty at Scripps College. Koblik is an accomplished author of numerous books and articles in both English and Swedish. They include The Stones Cry Out: Sweden's Response to Persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945 (Holocaust Press, 1988); From Poverty to Affluence (editor, anthology), University of Minnesota Press, 1975; and Sweden: The Neutral Victor, Scandinavian University Books, 1973. Koblik was named president of Reed on May 16, 1992.

Barry Munitz, chancellor of the California State University system, was elected chair of the board of ACE after serving as vice chair. He succeeded Franklyn G. Jenifer, president of the University of Texas at Dallas. Elected as officers were Michele Tolela Myers, president of Denison University, who will serve as vice chair, and Manuel T. Pacheco, president of the University of Arizona, as secretary.

Also elected as new directors to the 38-member board were Raymond C. Bowen, president of LaGuardia Community College; John A. DiBiaggio, president of Tufts University; Edward B. Fort, chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Martin Charles Jischke, president of Iowa State University; Eduardo J. Padron, president of Miami-Dade Community College; Hunter R. Rawlings, III, president of Cornell University; Eleanor J. Smith, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; and Elisabeth Zinser, chancellor of the University of Kentucky.

Associations elected to one-year terms were the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, which will be represented by its president, Dallas Martin; and the Association of American Medical Colleges, which will be represented by Paul F. Friedman, M.D., professor of radiology at the University of California Medical Center.