Anne Neal
Co-founder and President

Higher Ed

  • Accreditation
  • Costs
  • Curriculum
  • Presidents and trustees

Anne Neal co-founded the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and has been president since 2003. For over 15 years, Neal has been a prominent national player in higher education reform, publishing widely and appearing frequently on radio and television. She has authored or co-authored numerous ACTA studies on historical illiteracy, federal accreditation, governance, intellectual pluralism and cost. She has also convened higher education conferences under the auspices of the Philanthropy Roundtable. In 2007, and again in 2010, Neal was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity which advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on federal accreditation. Neal graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in American history and literature. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was president of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. She is currently a director of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, The Garden Club of America, and the Alexander Hamilton Institute.