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A car accident on Thursday killed Ada Meloy, general counsel of the American Council on Education, who was traveling to a Thanksgiving gathering. Since joining ACE in 2007, Meloy has played a key role in mapping legal strategy for higher education on a wide range of issues. Previously, she was deputy general counsel of New York University.

Molly Broad, ACE president, issued a statement: "There are no adequate words to describe the emotions that accompany this devastating news about our trusted colleague and dear friend. Ada has been a passionate and tireless advocate for students, faculty, presidents and chancellors, and the entire higher education community. Since her arrival at ACE in 2007, Ada has made many important contributions to the higher education landscape, from her work on behalf of student access to her efforts to ensure that colleges and universities maintain their ability to construct diverse campuses. Her legal portfolio spanned a wide range of other issues, from academic freedom and campus safety to copyright and patent laws to university governance."