- The departure of chief higher education adviser David A. Bergeron from the U.S. Education Department after 30 years with the agency caps a recent exodus of policy experts.
- Bergeron is joining the Center for American Progress and will be in charge of postsecondary policy development.
- Other key officials who recently departed for jobs at think tanks, foundations and colleges include Assistant Secretary Carmel Martin, Deputy Under Secretary Georgia Yuan, top White House higher education adviser Zakiya Smith and policy adviser Ben Miller.
From the article:
... Mr. Bergeron, a civil servant who oversaw countless negotiated rule-making sessions, numerous budget-reconciliation bills, and several reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act, is joining the Center for American Progress, a progressive organization, where he will be in charge of postsecondary-policy development.
His departure, coupled with that of an assistant secretary, Carmel Martin, also to the center, will create a leadership vacuum at the department, leaving it with holes at the top of several higher-education offices. ...