Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his family in Bethesda, Md.

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July 22, 2009
Franklin University and Franklin College have agreed on a court-approved settlement to their dispute, with the college appearing to have won some of the concessions it was looking for. The college is a liberal arts institution in Indiana and the university is based in Ohio and focuses on adult students. The college went to court after the university opened a branch in Indianapolis and started promoting it in ways the college said confused the two institutions in the public eye.
July 22, 2009
The board of the Peralta Community College District voted Tuesday to ask California officials to investigate allegations of inappropriate spending, The Oakland Tribune reported. The move followed reports that Eilhu Harris, the district chancellor, had helped steer contracts to a business partner without disclosing a conflict of interest, that managers' salaries were raised wtihout board approval, and that the chancellor and trustees violated travel policies.
July 22, 2009
A valued and careful reader shared this gem from a transcript of a House of Representatives hearing of the Financial Services Committee. The comment is from the chair, Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat: "No one has ever gotten re-elected where the bumper sticker said, 'It would have been worse without me.' You probably can get tenure with that. But you can't win office."
July 22, 2009
House panel approves sweeping changes in college grant and loan programs, despite objections of Republicans and significant discomfort of most college groups.
July 21, 2009
Carol Brown, special assistant to the chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, in Texas, has been chosen as president of the State University of New York's North Country Community College.Andy Dorsey, vice president of the Westminster campus and college-wide chief academic officer at Front Range Community College, has been named president there.
July 21, 2009
Cambridge police arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard University professor who is one of the leading figures in African-American studies, outside his home on disorderly conduct charges Thursday in an incident some see as racial profiling, The Boston Globe reported. According to the police, someone walking saw Gates trying to get into his own home without a key.
July 21, 2009
New Jersey has certified that postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers University have voted to unionize, affiliating with the joint American Federation of Teachers-American Association of University Professors union that represents more than 5,000 faculty members and graduate students at the university. The Rutgers postdocs are the third such union nationally, following those at the Universities of California and Connecticut.
July 21, 2009
Ave Maria University has fired Rev. Joseph Fessio, a theologian who was previously fired as provost, The Naples Daily News reported. Fessio's dismissal as provost provoked protests by students and supporters at the college, which prides itself on close adherence to Roman Catholic teachings. Father Fessio is a friend of and former student of Pope Benedict XVI.
July 20, 2009
Greensboro College is $19 million in debt and has been forced to use its campus and most of its endowment as collateral, The Greensboro News-Record reported. The college's president, Craven Williams, quit suddenly this month amid faculty frustration about a lack of information about the college's finances. One former trustee told the newspaper that the news was "shocking" and "great cause for concern."
July 20, 2009
John Silvanus Wilson Jr. was named Friday as the next director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Wilson is an associate professor of higher education at George Washington University, and has previously held administrative positions at GW and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wilson has extensive ties to black colleges.

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