Washington, DC – Today, the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities (APSCU) announces that former Congressman Steve Gunderson will join the organization as president and chief executive officer.
Congressman Gunderson has long been recognized as a national leader on workforce investment. During his Congressional career, he was an outspoken advocate for life-long learning. He led efforts to provide access to higher education assistance for non-traditional students. Following Congress, he spent nine years as a strategic planning and communications consultant. During this time, he was the lead author of The Jobs Revolution. Most recently, he led efforts at the Council on Foundations to create a new era of public-private partnerships through The National Fund for Workforce Solutions and other philanthropic partnerships with governments at all levels enabling more of America’s citizens to access education and training.
“It is my privilege to join such a well-respected organization that is working every day to ensure more students can access the American Dream,” said former Congressman Steve Gunderson. “If education reform defined our conversations over the past twenty years, access to post-secondary education will define our focus in the next decade. Projections suggest we need to increase the number of American workers with some level of post-secondary education by 12 million over the next fifteen years. With budget constraints at the state and federal levels, the private sector must play an important role in providing the access to post-secondary education essential to maintaining America’s middle class.”
In response to the announcement, Art Keiser, chairman of Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities said, “We welcome Congressman Gunderson to the team and are fortunate to have such a recognized individual directing our efforts. Under Steve’s leadership, APSCU will drive the conversation about our schools and the contribution they make to higher education in the United States.”
“Private sector colleges and universities play a central role in ensuring men and women can receive the skills and training they need to excel in the job market, while also balancing work and caring for their families. I look forward to joining the academic leaders representing institutions that span our nation in the effort to prepare more Americans to excel and help move our country forward,” concluded Gunderson.
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.