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New Center Associates

FIFTEEN MID-CAREER PROFESSIONALS have been selected by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education as Program Associates for 2010-11. They include faculty members, administrators, legislative staff members and postsecondary education specialists. They will attend three formal meetings during the academic year and also will work with National Center staff members on a variety of projects.

The goal of the program, financially supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education, is to engage emerging leaders in the examination of critical higher education policy performance.

Leanna Blevins
Associate Director
New College Institute

Bridget Burns
Senior Policy Advisor
Oregon University System

Paula Dominguez
Director of Legislative Research
Rhode Island General Assembly

Camille Esch
Senior Policy Fellow and Director California Education Program
New America Foundation

Lorelle Espinosa
Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Institute for Higher Education Policy

Tara Falcone
Graduate Assistant
Office of Graduate and Professional Education
University of Delaware

Stella Flores
Assistant Professor
Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations
Vanderbilt University

Laura Fornash
Deputy Secretary of Education
Commonwealth of Virginia

Tanya I. Garcia
Senior Policy Analyst
State Higher Education Executive Officers

Craig Herndon
Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Virginia Community College System

Bob Jokisch
Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin System Administration

Michael Klein
Director of Government and Legal Affairs
New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities

Kim Hunter Reed
Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of Higher Education of Louisiana
Louisiana Board of Regents

Ryan Reyna
Senior Policy Analyst
National Governorís Association

David Weerts
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
University of Minnesota

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National CrossTalk December, 2010



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