• 2016AM_MLA

    Barbara K. Altmann and Rosemary G. Feal, representatives of the Modern Language Association

  • 2016AM_AAR

    Jack Fitzmier and David Harrington Watt, representatives of the American Academy of Religion

  • Journals

    ACLS societies foster high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship in the humanities.

Conference of Executive Officers (CEO)


The Conference of Executive Officers (CEO), formerly the Conference of Administrative Officers, is composed of the principal administrators from each ACLS constituent learned society. The CEO serves as the primary vehicle for maintaining and enhancing relationships among the societies and between the societies and ACLS. The CEO holds semi-annual meetings to discuss substantive issues in the humanities as well as practical and organizational aspects of society management. The Executive Committee of the CEO sets the agenda for these meetings. Its chair serves as an ex officio member of the ACLS Board of Directors.

CEO Executive Committee

  • James Grossman, Chair, American Historical Association (2019)
  • Amy Ferrer, American Philosophical Association (2017)
  • Donald Harreld, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (2018)
  • Gerard Hauser, Rhetoric Society of America (2019)
  • Craig Klafter, American Society for Legal History (2017)
  • Lynda Park, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2019)
  • Julie Van Camp, American Society for Aesthetics (2018)

Fall CEO meetings are held in cities of interest as possible convention sites for member societies and are hosted by each city's convention and visitors bureau. The 2016 CEO Fall Meetingwas held on November 2-5, hosted by Explore St. Louis.

Certain fall meetings are designated "retreats." The program for these meetings allows for focused discussion of topics that are of broad interest in the humanities community and that have significant implications for all of the constituent societies. Participants prepare materials aimed at a comparative understanding of the dynamics, histories, and trajectories of our member societies as they relate to the retreat's focus.

Spring meetings are held in conjunction with ACLS annual meetings.


CEO Members

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Future CEO Meetings

2017 Spring Meeting
May 13
Baltimore, MD

2017 Leadership/Governance Seminar
September 11
New York

2017 Fall Meeting
November 9-12
Ft. Worth, TX

2018 Spring Meeting
April 28
Philadelphia, PA


Related Links

Learned Societies by the Numbers: 2015

Learned Societies Beyond the Numbers: 2015 (a qualitative companion piece to the "by the numbers" pamphlet above)