Daniel Hurley has served as the
Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis for the American Association of
State Colleges and Universities since 2007. He provides analysis and commentary
on a broad range of institutional practices and policy issues impacting higher
education at the campus, state and national level. His expertise includes
issues related to college readiness, access and affordability; student success;
higher education finance; and the “public good” of public postsecondary
education. In addition to serving the AASCU membership, he serves as a resource
to several higher education and state policy organizations, as well as state
and national media.His perspective has been cited in such outlets as the New
York Times, Boston Globe, Los
Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington
Post and C-SPAN, as well as the higher education publications The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.
Hurley helps craft the
association’s annual Public Policy Agenda, a compilation
of federal and state policy positions and priorities. He coordinates an annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference, a unique
partnership between four national higher education associations. He also manages
the AASCU Innovations
Exchange, an online showcase of successful and replicable campus and
system-based policies, programs and practices.
Prior to joining the AASCU, Hurley served as the Director
of University Relations and Administrative Services for the Presidents
Council–State Universities of Michigan, based in Lansing, from 2003 to 2007.
The Council serves as the coordinating body for Michigan’s 15 public
universities. From 1998 to 2003, he served as the administrative assistant to
the president at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Hurley has received a Ph.D. in
public administration from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in
career and technical education from Ferris State University (Mich.), and a
bachelor’s degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University
(Mich.). He has served as an
adjunct professor for all three of his alma maters, as well as George Mason
University (VA), teaching in the fields of communications, educational
leadership, and public policy. He is married to Jana Hurley, a student affairs administrator at George Mason University in Fairfax,
Virginia. They have a son, Jameson, age 7.