Senior Vice President, Legislation
Bruce assumed the position of Vice President for Government Relations of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) in January 1997.
Prior to joining APSCU, Bruce served as Liaison to the Republican Majority in the U.S. Senate and strategic advisor to Haley Barbour, Chairman, Republican National Committee and Republican Senators on a variety of policy issues ranging from tax reform, welfare reform, education and regulatory reform. Subsequent to his joining the RNC Team, Haley Barbour appointed him Policy Director at National Policy Forum, a grassroots think tank that coordinated 150 Listening to America Forums around the country. In addition, Bruce was a contributing writer for Haley Barbour's book, Agenda for America.
Earlier in his career, Bruce served in the Bush Administration as Senior Legislative Officer for Congressional Relations to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp and Special Assistant to Secretaries Elizabeth Dole and Lynn Martin at the Department of Labor.
The Republican House and Senate Leadership and Chief of Staffs voted him one the Top 100 most influential lobbyist in Washington in the publication, Who's Who in Congress in 1997.
In 1996, Governor George Allen of Virginia appointed Bruce to serve on the State Board of Community Colleges for a four-year term and Governor James Gilmore re-appointed him to a four-year term ending 2004. This Board sets the policy for the twenty-two community colleges in the state.
Bruce holds a B.S. Degree in Political Science from Norfolk State University in Norfolk Virginia.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.