Michael Poliakoff

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Michael Poliakoff is president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities. His particular areas of expertise for the media include accreditation, academic standards, best practices in university governance, accountability and cost control, and freedom of expression on campus. Having previously served as ACTA’s vice president of policy, he has guided the publication of numerous education reports and guides that have been shared with more than 22,000 university and college trustees nationwide. Poliakoff served previously as Pennsylvania deputy secretary for postsecondary and higher education, director of education programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and vice president for academic affairs and research at the University of Colorado. He has been a professor of classical studies at several colleges and universities, and also lectures and publishes extensively on the humanities, particularly ancient history and literature. He graduated from Yale University and his doctorate is from the University of Michigan.