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University of Alabama at Birmingham
About APLU

Who We Are

APLU's day-to-day operations are led by President Peter McPherson and more than 50 staff members.  The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for their work and is charged with setting membership and governing policies for the association.

Our President

Peter McPherson came to APLU in 2006, having served as president of Michigan State University for more than a decade.  His resume also includes senior leadership positions in government and business as well as on a multitude of boards of non-profit organizations.

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing and ultimate policymaking body of the association.  Under APLU’s bylaws, representatives from the association’s councils and commissions, six president/chancellor representatives, and five elected officers constitute the board.  Each representative is elected to a three-year term, with the exception of the officers, who are elected to one-year terms.

Our Staff

APLU has attracted a bright and talented cadre of public higher education experts – a quarter of whom hold Ph.Ds.  Vice presidents of each office and their staffs work with colleagues across member institutions to undertake a broad array of projects and initiatives.  APLU offices also work to directly serve the association's membership through the work of councils and commissions and the planning and coordination of dozens of meetings each year.

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APLU Staff Highlights

James Woodell
APLU's Woodell Publishes Tech Transfer Recommendations in New Paper
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement

APLU's Jim Woodell published technology transfer recommendations in Technology and Innovation, the Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. The article, Technology Transfer for All the Right Reasons, written with AAU's Tobin Smith, outlines how technology transfer must be undertaken in a way that aligns with universities' core missions of teaching and research, and for the primary purpose of serving the public good.