Molly Corbett Broad (In Memoriam)

Molly Corbett headshot
President Emerita (Founding Advisor)

ACUE mourns the loss of legendary higher education leader and former American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad.

Broad was instrumental in ACUE’s founding as an early champion and believer in the importance of great teaching to student success and equity. ACUE’s relationship with Molly deepened into ACE’s formal endorsement of ACUE Certification. This paved the way for the national recognition of the extraordinary faculty who earn this distinction and the universities that center great teaching in their commitment to excellence.

A leading spokesperson for American higher education, Broad became the twelfth president of ACE in 2008. She was the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1918. Broad came to ACE from the University of North Carolina (UNC), where she served as president from 1997-2006, leading UNC through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth. Due in large part to the success of the Focused Growth Initiative, minority enrollment at UNC grew at more than double the rate of the overall student body during her tenure. She also spearheaded the creation of a need-based financial aid program for in-state undergraduates and the creation of the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Broad held a number of administrative and executive positions at several universities prior to her tenure at UNC. At the California State University system, she served as senior vice chancellor for administration and finance from 1992–93, and as executive vice chancellor and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 until her election as UNC president. Earlier in her career, Broad served as the chief executive officer for Arizona’s three-campus university system (1985–92) and in a succession of administrative posts at Syracuse University (1971–85).