Cameron C. Staples
As President/CEO of NEASC, Cam develops and implements the organization's strategic direction, ensures the value and relevance of the NEASC Accreditation process, and builds partnerships with education agencies, as well as domestic and foreign government leaders, to strengthen the role of accreditation as a mechanism for educational accountability and institutional improvement.
Having been a member of NEASC’s Commission on International Education* from 2000 to 2010, Cam brings extensive experience with school accreditation to his role. He participated on several international accreditation team visits, including China, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Thailand, and Germany. Having served as an attorney in private practice for over twenty-two years, Cam also brings legal expertise to his role at NEASC. He represented medical associations and physicians in successful national class-action cases challenging unfair business operations of health insurance companies. Following court settlements, he was appointed through a federal court order to serve as the national advocate for physicians and patients with complaints against several health insurers.
As a Connecticut State Representative, Staples served as House Chairman of both the Education Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. He also served as Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, Co-Chairman of the Connecticut International Education Advisory Committee, Vice-Chairman of the New England Board of Higher Education, and member of the Budget and Review Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In 2010, Staples was appointed by the US Senate and later elected Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a committee that advises the Secretary of Education on higher education accreditation and other policy matters.
*formerly called the Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA)