The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) is pleased to announce that Dr. Sean Creighton will assume the role of president of the organization beginning in March 2019. He will replace Dr. Nancy Hensel who is retiring after successfully leading NAC&U for the past seven years.

For the last 15 years, Creighton has held the position of president at the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), a regional consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to creating an educated, employed, and engaged citizenry. Under his leadership, SOCHE has experienced significant growth, adding new education and civic programs, leading community-based initiatives, starting a for-profit subsidiary to support research and development, and most recently, completing a merger with another nonprofit to advance workforce solutions for the region. SOCHE has received numerous accolades and awards for its collaborative work in Ohio, including the Dayton Business Journal’s Nonprofit of the Year and Innovation Index Award.

Creighton serves on committees and boards for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, International Leadership Association, Springfield Museum of Art, and TEDxDayton. Recently, he completed ten years of public service for the board of education in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Creighton has published and presented extensively on higher education, collaboration, civic engagement, and talent retention, and has been a principal investigator for the Kettering Foundation on research projects concerning the civic mission of higher education. An advocate and voice for collaboration and civic engagement, Sean blogs periodically at He resides in Dayton, Ohio, with his wife, Leslee, and his five children, Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and Juliette.

“We are thrilled that Sean will be joining us,” said Daan Braveman, chair of the NAC&U board of directors. “He has years of experience working with a consortium in a collaborative environment and is committed to the civic mission of higher education.”