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The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that Kim Hunter Reed (right), a former Louisiana higher education official, has joined the Obama administration as a deputy under secretary of education.

Reed will be part of the senior leadership of the team overseeing higher education issues at the department. She replaces Jamienne Studley, who stepped down late last year.

Most recently, Reed worked on state higher education policy issues as a principal at HCM Strategists, which included work with the Lumina Foundation. Previously she held various roles in Louisiana higher education, including as chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president for the University of Louisiana System. Reed received a doctorate in public policy from Southern University as well as a master’s of public administration and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University.

“Kim brings to the position a rich set of national, state and campus experiences focused on increased attainment and equity,” Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell said in an email to department staff on Monday.