Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter will return to academic life after she leaves her post  this week as the federal government’s top higher education official.
New York University announced Wednesday that Kanter, who first joined  the Education Department at the beginning of the Obama administration in 2009, would become a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education at the university’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She will begin her tenure at NYU in January. “The access, equity, and success of and for our nation’s students will be first and foremost on my mind,” Kanter said in a news release  provided by NYU. “I will teach, write and work on what I hope will be only those things where I can have the greatest impact on excellence and equity to change the lives of others for the better."
Prior to her post at the Education Department, Kanter was chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in California and was previously president of De Anza College.
Ted Mitchell, the former president of Occidental College and current head of New Schools Venture Fund, has been tapped  as Kanter’s replacement. His nomination is awaiting confirmation by the Senate.