Alan Mabe joined APLU in February 2016 as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Previously he served as Vice President for Academic Planning and then Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the 17-campus University of North Carolina System from 2002 to 2011. He successfully oversaw the expansion of the system by over 50,000 students in the first decade of the 21st Century to meet the goal associated with the $2.5 billion bond program of 2000. He also led the team that developed the University of North Carolina Online which was announced in 2007. He oversaw academic program review and led the effort to revise the system funding formula in the mid-2000s.
From 1972-2002, he was at Florida State University where he became Professor of Philosophy and served as Graduate Dean and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Guilford College and master’s and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University in philosophy where he served as a visiting assistant professor for a year. He also served as a visiting professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2012 to 2016 where he taught doctoral courses in higher education. He edited the journal, Law and Philosophy, for fifteen years as well as a book series of the same name.