- In a Friday letter to colleagues, U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter announced the appointment of Jamienne S. Studley as a deputy under secretary in leading the U.S. Department of Education's higher-education policy initiatives.
- Studley is a former president of Skidmore College, was a top lawyer for the department while former President Bill Clinton was in office, and was appointed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan in 2010 to chair the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.
- Studley will work with Deputy Under Secretary Jeff Appel, also recently appointed, in working to implement President Barack Obama's plan to improve college access, affordability and accountability.
The experience Studley brings to the table will continue to serve the U.S. Department of Education well as it moves to enact proposals made last month by President Obama. Kanter wrote that outreach would play a key role in the appointment as much as policy development, and Studley's time as president of Skidmore will likely make her particularly effective on that end.