On behalf of the 420 U.S. public college and university presidents, chancellors and system heads that comprise the AASCU membership, Daniel Hurley provides analysis, commentary and advocacy on a broad range of public policy issues affecting higher education at the campus, system, state and national level. His expertise includes issues related to the financing of public higher education, financial aid, college access and student success, and institutional best practices.
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 among four national higher education associations. He manages the AASCU Innovations Exchange, an online repository of successful and replicable campus and system-based policies, programs and practices. Hurley serves as the staff liaison for the association’s Committee on Policies and Purposes, which serves as a think tank for issues affecting contemporary public higher education. He also directs the AASCU Political Perceptions and Policy Priorities Project, which serves as a resource for research, advocacy and thought leadership on strategies for strengthening the relationship between public higher education and state government.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. 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 (Mich.).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) and George Washington University (D.C.), teaching in the fields of communications, educational leadership, higher education finance and public policy. He is married to Jana Hurley, who serves as the assistant vice president for university life at George Mason University. They have a son, Jameson, age 8.
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