Obama To Nominate Education Trust Official For Key Higher-Education Post

Career College Central summary:

  • President Obama plans to nominate Ericka M. Miller as the U.S. Education Department’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education, the White House announced on Thursday. If confirmed, she would oversee the Office of Postsecondary Education, which administers most of the federal government’s programs for colleges and college students.
  • The assistant secretary has also typically served as the chief adviser to the education secretary on higher-education issues. David A. Bergeron recently filled that role as acting assistant secretary, before leaving this year to join the Center for American Progress as a vice president in charge of postsecondary-policy development.
  • Miller is now a vice president with the Education Trust. She has previously served as vice president and director of the search firm Isaacson, Miller, and as president and chief operating officer of the McKenzie Group, an education consultancy.
  • News of her potential nomination comes a week after the White House announced its choice to fill another key higher-education post, the under secretary of education. Obama will nominate Ted Mitchell, chief executive of a nonprofit educational-venture fund and a former president of Occidental College, for that position, the department’s top higher-education official. Both nominations would be subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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