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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES ANNOUNCES CAMERON STAPLES AS NEW PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Boston ­ The New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) announces Cameron Staples, an attorney and former Connecticut State Representative, as its new Chief Executive Officer. The announcement comes following a nationwide search for an Executive Director/CEO who is to succeed Jacob Ludes III, who is retiring after leading the organization since 1999. Mr. Staples brings to NEASC a breadth of educational and legislative experience. As a State Representative for the 96th Assembly District of Connecticut, which includes New Haven and Hamden, Staples served as House Chairman of both the Education Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. Last year, he was appointed by the US Senate, and later elected Chair, to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a committee that advises the Secretary of Education on higher education accreditation and other policy matters. Staples' other appointive offices include Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, CoChairman of the Connecticut International Education Advisory Committee, ViceChairman of the New England Board of Higher Education, and member of the Budget and Review Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. "We are pleased to welcome Cameron Staples as the new Executive Director/CEO of NEASC," stated Jay Stroud, President of the association and Headmaster, Tabor Academy. "He is deeply passionate and knowledgeable about education and accreditation. There were many candidates but ultimately, we couldn't think of anyone more suitable for such an important role." Staples is familiar with regional accreditation having been a member of NEASC's Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA) from 2000 to 2010. He has participated on international accreditation team visits to China, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Thailand and Germany. Currently a Partner at the law firm Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, Staples specializes in health care law and has handled several nationwide classaction lawsuits involving insurance companies. His role as General Counsel for the Connecticut State Medical Society, in which he provided representation and counsel to an association of 7,000 physicians, earned him the Society's Legislator of the Year Award in 2010. Staples plans to leave his law practice and begin his role as Executive Director/CEO of NEASC on July 1, 2011.

Staples legislative and educational advocacy work have earned him several awards throughout his career, including: the 2002 Legislative Appreciation Award from the Education Commission of the States; the 2006 Youth Advocate of the Year Award from Youth Continuum; the 2001 Mary B. Ives Award from the New Haven Public Library for legislative leadership in improving literacy programs for New Haven schoolchildren; the 2000 Legislative Achievement Award from the Connecticut Education Association for support of public education; the 1996 Legislative Award for advancing social change; the 1996 Legislative Appreciation Award from the New Haven Board of Education; and the 1995 Public Education Leadership Recognition Award from the Connecticut State Board of Education. Staples has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Yale Law School, the University of Connecticut School of Law, Southern Connecticut State University and Wesleyan University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, his Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania where he was named the Samuel A. Fels Scholar, and his Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University where he was awarded the Frank Ryder Scholarship for Public Service. "Mr. Staples will be an excellent Executive Director/CEO for NEASC. He brings to the post extensive expertise and experience in accreditation, education, and policy leadership. He has a demonstrated record of success and I am confident in his ability to lead NEASC in the years ahead," said Jacob Ludes, NEASC's current Executive Director/CEO. Established in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges is the oldest regional accrediting agency in the United States and represents every constituency in the profession including preschools, K12 schools, vocationaltechnical schools, colleges and universities, public, independent, and overseas. The sixstate NEASC region enjoys the reputation of representing the "gold standard" in both American and international education. During 2010, NEASC volunteers contributed 165,000 hours of professional services valued at $35 million in their mission to improve the quality of education. Further, during 2009, NEASC member institutions in New England had a direct economic impact in excess of $135 billion. That impact is greater than that of any other industry or multinational corporation in the region. The accreditation process connects more than 6,000 educators who volunteer as peer evaluators and nearly 2,000 public and private institutions ranging from the prekindergarten to the doctoral level. An additional 180 American/International schools in 70 nations abroad are also members. An advocate of quality assurance and guided educational reform, NEASC accreditation complements the standards set by the states and serves as a resource to the public and to policymakers. The board of trustees engaged the firm of IsaacsonMiller to conduct a nationwide search for a successor to Ludes. ### For additional information contact Nadia Alam [email protected] (781) 5415460

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