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Press Kit

ACTA’s mission includes raising public awareness about the current state of higher education. Please find below media resources including ACTA’s press releases, history, and information on ACTA’s leadership. ACTA senior staff members are happy to discuss our work with members of the media. Please direct all media inquiries to:

Press Contact

Leslie K. Paige
Vice President of Communications
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Gabrielle Anglin

Gabrielle Anglin
Senior Program Manager for Communications
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ACTA’s network of educators and supporters:

  • 23,000+ individual trustees
  • 1,000+ unique governing boards
  • 1,200+ college, university, and system presidents
  • 1,300 colleges and universities: 750 private and 550 public universities representing 90% of institutions that provide four-year liberal arts degrees in the U.S.
  • 17,000+ Inside Academe subscribers
  • 54,000+ high school counselors


Michael B. Poliakoff, PhD

Michael B. Poliakoff, President

Dr. Poliakoff became part of the ACTA team in March 2010 as the Vice President of Policy and became ACTA’s third president on July 1, 2016. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and research at the University of Colorado and in senior roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council on Teacher Quality, the American Academy for Liberal Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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