The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) announced yesterday that former Wisconsin Congressman Steve Gunderson will become the organization's new president and chief executive officer on Feb. 1.
Gunderson served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1975 to 1979 before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980. Representing Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district, he served eight terms in the House and did not seek re-election to the 105th Congress in 1996.
Gunderson has long been recognized as a national leader on workforce investment. During his Congressional career, he was an outspoken advocate for life-long learning. He led efforts to provide access to higher education assistance for non-traditional students. Following Congress, he spent nine years as a strategic planning and communications consultant. During this time, he was the lead author of The Jobs Revolution. Most recently, he led efforts at the Council on Foundations to create a new era of public-private partnerships through The National Fund for Workforce Solutions and other philanthropic partnerships with governments at all levels enabling more of America’s citizens to access education and training.
Under Gunderson’s leadership, APSCU will continue to highlight to Congress, members of the media and the American people the critical contribution career colleges make in higher education and preparing students to succeed in a very competitive 21st Century workforce.