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Senior Higher Ed Official Out at Education Department

October 5, 2018

A top higher education aide and First Amendment advocate has left the U.S. Department of Education, a spokesman confirmed Thursday. Adam Kissel had served as deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs since June of last year.

He’d previously had stints at the Koch Foundation and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, where he headed the individual rights defense program.

Kissel in that role had been a vocal critic of “intolerance” on college campuses and of colleges that FIRE had accused of violating the free speech rights of students and faculty members.

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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