July 5, 2012
APSCU Announces New Executive Vice President & Legal Counsel
Organization Announces Changes In Its Government Relations Leadership
Washington, D.C. - Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), today announced a change in the organization's government relations leadership. 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.
"Working on behalf of over two million students, many of whom overcome daily obstacles to improve their lives and that of their families through career-oriented education, has been a rewarding experience," said Moran. "I am confident that the association will continue on the path of putting students first while providing access and accountability to meet this nation's workforce needs."
In making the announcement, Gunderson praised the leadership and work of Moran during an important time of transition at the organization. "Before I arrived at APSCU, Brian was leading the government relations efforts at a very challenging time for the sector," said Gunderson. "His leadership was recognized by the board when asked to serve as interim CEO during the transition in organizational leadership. In the past five months he has become both a personal friend and a great professional colleague. I respect his desire to make a change at this point in his career."
David Pauldine, chair of the APSCU Board, echoed those comments. "Brian built the current government relations team at APSCU and led us with calm determination through difficult times. The board deeply appreciates his contributions to our work."
Stroup will begin her work at APSCU on July 10, working with Moran through the transition. She brings over twenty-five years of combined state and federal government legislative and executive experience. Known as a strong negotiator, consensus builder and leader in education policy, she will lead APSCU's government relations and legal division during reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
"I've known the great work of Sally Stroup throughout my public career," said Gunderson. "She believes education provides the knowledge and skills that can lead to real jobs and real incomes. She has lived the reauthorization battles at both the department and in Congress. Sally will be a key voice for all of postsecondary education in the important months ahead. I look forward to her joining our team."
"Private sector colleges and universities are really on the cutting-edge of 21st Century education," said Ms. Stroup. "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." Looking forward to an era of collaboration and partnership with the agency, APSCU hopes that this will signal an end to ongoing litigation.
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.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 million unemployed and 90 million underemployed 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.