Dr. Constantine W. (Deno) Curris - President of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities
In 1999, Constantine W. (Deno) Curris became president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which is a national association of more than 400 public colleges and universities. Dr. Curris has served as president at three universities: Murray State University for 10 years, the University of Northern Iowa for 12 years, and Clemson University for more than four years.
Dr. Curris is a committed advocate for public higher education and a proponent of the qualitative strengthening of higher education institutions to meet public needs and expectations in the 21st century. Dr. Curris has been appointed to the1998 Commission on the Future of the South, the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, the Education Commission of the States, the Iowa Board of Economic Development, the South Carolina Research Authority, The Sigma Chi Foundation, and the chairmanships of American Humanics and the Iowa Task Force on Teacher Education and Certification. Dr. Curris received his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky, and his master's from the University of Illinois. He is married and has two children.