The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) president and CEO Steve Gunderson announced Friday a new member to its organization in government relations leadership positions.
Brian Moran, who has served as executive vice president for government relations and legal counsel, has submitted his resignation, which will be effective later this month. He will be replaced by Sally Stroup, the former assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education from 2002 to 2006.
APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. APSCU has more than 1,900 members that educate and support nearly two million students each year for employment in over 200 occupational fields. APSCU member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs, including master’s and doctorate degrees, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs.
Stroup will begin her work at APSCU on July 10, working with Moran through the transition. She brings over 25 years of combined state and federal government legislative and executive experience. She will lead APSCU’s government relations and legal division during reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
“Private sector colleges and universities are really on the cutting-edge of 21st century education,” said Stroup in Friday’s new release. “I am very excited about this opportunity to not only serve a major organization, but to also contribute to a sector that is doing wonderful things for millions of students from a diversity of backgrounds to prepare for careers in their chosen fields. APSCU is seeing to that and I’m looking forward to helping our schools and the students who rely on them to succeed.”
APSCU recently won a significant legal battle over the Department of Education regarding proposed regulations on “gainful employment.” Gunderson has maintained since his arrival at APSCU that the organization must be a positive, pro-active voice for change, while building relations with all institutions in higher education.
APSCU represents over 2,000 school members across the nation and in Puerto Rico.
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