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Personnel and Governance

HLC is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the membership and administered by a president selected by and accountable to that Board. The charge to the president is to ensure that through its structures and personnel, HLC delivers useful and cost-effective services. The president is Dr. Barbara Gellman-Danley.

HLC adheres to the following Bylaws, which were approved in 2010.

Decision-Making Bodies

Actions on affiliated institutions are taken by decision-making bodies comprised of institutional representatives and public members. Unless otherwise specified, the decision-making bodies are broadly representative of the colleges and universities accredited by HLC, with attention to institutional type, control, size, and geographical distribution. All decision-making bodies abide by HLC’s conflict of interest policies. Visit the Calendar of Events to see a list of meetings of HLC’s decision-making bodies.

Peer Reviewers

HLC relies on a cadre of carefully selected and trained professionals who serve HLC in its accreditation processes. This group of more than a thousand individuals is called the Peer Corps. These volunteers share their knowledge of and direct experience with higher education, their dedication to educational excellence, and their commitment to the principles underlying voluntary accreditation.


HLC has more than 50 staff members. For contact information, visit the staff directory.




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