Roger Bowen has just been appointed as the AAUP's new general secretary, effective next summer.
Bowen became infamous when he refused to censor a controversial conference in 1997 as president of the State University of New York at New Paltz. He gave a great speech about this:
See SUNY Chancellor John Ryan's despicable claim that Bowen should have dictated what could and could not be said at the conference:
After Ryan, Republican politicians, and trustee Candace deRussy finally forced out Bowen in 2001, the right-wing has essentially blacklisted him from academia. After working as head of a museum in Milwaukee, Bowen quit to seek out a presidency. Instead, he'll be taking charge of the AAUP, and he should make a welcome addition to its work.