Dr. Lisa Jasinski joined the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) as the consortium’s ninth president on February 5, 2024.
As a higher education researcher, Lisa is drawn to questions to improve how colleges think about learning, leadership, and equity. As a leader, she loves applying evidence-based insights to help colleges better serve students, fulfill their core missions, and empower their employees.
Prior to her appointment at the ACM, Lisa worked for nearly two decades in strategic planning and managing special projects on several postsecondary campuses. Most recently as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she led a yearlong effort to refresh the university’s ten-year strategic plan. Between 2007 and 2022, she served as special assistant to the vice president of academic affairs at Trinity University where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of projects including strategic planning, a faculty-led revision of the general education curriculum, and the construction and renovation of academic buildings. She served as a PI on a grant-funded program to support the development of department chairs as leaders of organizational change.
Jasinski is the author of Stepping Away: Returning to the Faculty from Senior Academic Leadership (Rutgers University Press, 2023) and co-author of Faculty as Global Learners: Opportunities and Strategies to Support Off-Campus Study Leaders at Liberal Arts Colleges (Lever Press). A recognized thought leader, Lisa has given more than 40 presentations or poster sessions on aspects of higher education leadership at professional conferences, including AAC&U, ASHE, and SXSWedu. Her writings have appeared in The Chronicle on Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and HigherEd Jobs. She received the Exemplary Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Workplace Learning SIG.
Lisa completed an American Council on Education Fellowship at the University of New Mexico and has served as a fellow of the Society of College and University Planners. She considers it the honor of a lifetime to have been selected by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Institution for Educational Research.
A true believer in the transformative power of higher education, Lisa is proud to be the first member of her immediate family to have earned a college degree. She holds a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from Middlebury College, an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from The University of Texas at Austin. She has completed the Nonprofit Financial Stewardship Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the Professional Certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston.
A New Englander by birth, Lisa lives in Chicago, Illinois, and San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Patrick Keating, a film historian, and their orange cat, Oliver.