Judith S. Eaton

has served as president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) since 1997, one year after its formation. The largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States, CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.

Under her leadership, CHEA has emerged as a major voice in discussions of higher education and accreditation. As the only organization focused exclusively on accreditation, CHEA serves as a reliable and comprehensive source of information on accreditation and as an effective representative of member institutions. 

Prior to her work at CHEA, Dr. Eaton served as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where she was responsible for leadership and coordination of 32 institutions serving more than 162,000 students statewide. Previously, she was president of the Council for Aid to Education, Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Southern Nevada, and served as vice president of the American Council on Education. She also has held full- and part-time teaching positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. 


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