University of Detroit Mercy president elected to Council for Higher Education Accreditation Board of Directors

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June 24, 2019
DETROIT— University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., was recently elected to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors effective July 1, 2019.
CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities, and a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. The organization recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
Garibaldi is the 25th and first lay president of University of Detroit Mercy. Detroit Mercy is a Jesuit and Mercy university founded in 1877 and is the largest Catholic university in Michigan. Since Dr. Garibaldi joined Detroit Mercy in June 2011, enrollment has increased; the endowment has risen by 140 percent; a $100 million fundraising campaign goal was exceeded a year early; and a major economic development organization near the main campus was co-founded with a national foundation in 2015.
As a noted scholar and longtime leader in higher education organizations, Garibaldi is nationally known for his senior executive administrative, financial and strategic planning skills, as well as his expertise in developing significant collaborations with local communities, government agencies, philanthropic and non-profit organizations.
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About University of Detroit Mercy
Founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university. In 1990, University of Detroit consolidated with Mercy College of Detroit, which was founded in 1941 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, to form University of Detroit Mercy. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. Detroit Mercy educates the whole person, focusing on the value of excellent academics, service to the community and a deeper spirituality to prepare graduates to live lives of purpose. For more information, please visit
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