AALI President

Dr. Linda Bleicken

President, American Academic Leadership Institute

Linda Bleicken served as the seventh president of Armstrong State University from July 2009 until her retirement in June 2017.  During her tenure, Bleicken reaffirmed the university’s commitment to student success and launched the Commitment Fund which provides need-based gap funding to assist degree completion.  Bleicken oversaw $100 million for new construction and renovation of existing buildings, including a new Student Union, Windward Commons residential housing, the Student Success Center, a LEED Gold-certified Learning Commons, and a new campus facility for the Hinesville Liberty Center.  Most recently, design of the $29 million Waters College of Health Professions has been completed, and ground will be broken for the new structure in August 2017.  Private fundraising has grown steadily during the past five years, including a multimillion dollar gift, the largest in the institution’s history.  Retention and graduation rates continue to grow, with highest gains among under-represented minority students.

As president, Bleicken served on both local and national boards, most recently completing terms on the board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the NCAA Division II President’s Council.  Bleicken was recently named president-elect of the American Academic Leadership Institute and will begin her duties on July 1, 2017.