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WSCUC Appoints Jamienne Studley New President and CEO

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

Originally posted on the WSCUC website.

ALAMEDA, CA – The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) announced Jamienne S. Studley will assume the role of president and CEO of the organization in January 2018. WSCUC Chair Dr. Reed Dasenbrock made the announcement following unanimous decision by the Commission.

Studley’s experience spans federal higher education policy, campus leadership, civil rights advocacy, and nonprofit management. She served most recently as deputy and acting under secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (2013-2016) and as chair of the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

Dasenbrock said, “Jamie brings to WSCUC and to accreditation nationally an ideal combination of commitments to student success, quality, accountability, and innovation. We value her record of listening and inclusivity, policy creativity, and broad experience across education. Jamie's lifelong passion has been to ensure students come first and that we provide all students, regardless of background or financial circumstance, an opportunity for success in and beyond postsecondary education. WSCUC shares this commitment, and I'm confident we will do great things together.”

“WSCUC has built a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking accrediting bodies in the country, taking seriously its responsibility to assure quality and effectiveness in postsecondary education while also contributing to national progress on access and outcomes,” Studley said. “I am honored and excited to join this bold, creative enterprise. I look forward to collaborating with member institutions and many others to serve students by articulating the value of higher education, building confidence in accreditation, and accelerating institutional improvement on multiple dimensions.”

Studley earlier led Skidmore College as the institution’s first female president and served as associate dean of Yale Law School. She was also deputy and acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Education and CEO of the civil rights advocacy group Public Advocates Inc., in San Francisco, for nine years. To read Ms. Studley’s bio, click here.

Studley will succeed Dr. Mary Ellen Petrisko, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

“We are tremendously grateful for all Mary Ellen has accomplished during her tenure as president. She led our work with integrity and vision, and has helped further our commitment to transparency in accreditation and institutional review,” said Dasenbrock. “We all owe an enormous debt to her hard work, emotional intelligence, and wisdom in leading us forward.”

Petrisko said, “At a time when our nation’s education system faces significant challenges related to costs, equity and access, we must embrace leaders who are willing to test boundaries and demand innovation. I couldn’t be more pleased to pass this role to Jamie, and have complete confidence she will raise the bar for student outcomes and opportunities throughout the region.”

Read more about the announcement here, on WSCUC's website.

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