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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January 12, 2010
A federal panel has urged the use of random drug tests and other enhanced security measures to monitor researchers who work with the deadliest pathogens, the Associated Press reported. And the report recommended extra scrutiny of those researchers who are foreign nationals.
January 12, 2010
A Chinese businessman is facing criticism by some in his country over a gift of $8,888,888 to Yale University, AFP reported. The gift has attracted attention because Zhang Lei selected the figure based on the luck associated in Chinese culture with the numeral eight. While some in China have praised the gift, many have responded on Web discussion boards by attacking him for giving to an American institution.
January 12, 2010
Teresa A. Sullivan, provost at the University of Michigan, was on Monday named the next president of the University of Virginia. Sullivan will succeed John T. Casteen III, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year, his 20th as president. Prior to working at Michigan, Sullivan spent 27 years at the University of Texas, rising to become executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the university system.
January 12, 2010
Don Bantz, academic vice president and provost at Evergreen State College, in Washington, has been selected as president of Alaska Pacific University. Barbara Couture, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, has been appointed president of New Mexico State University.Robert J.
January 11, 2010
The University of South Florida on Friday fired Jim Leavitt, the football coach who created the program 14 years ago, after finding evidence backing claims that he had grabbed a player by the throat and slapped him twice, and that he didn't admit the incident during an investigation that found credible evidence that it had taken place, The St. Petersburg Times reported.
January 11, 2010
The national American Association of University Professors is today joining criticism by its University of Washington branch of the decision of Provost Phyllis Wise to join the board of Nike -- a decision that has become increasingly controversial. Wise has said that she will help encourage responsible corporate governance, but faculty critics have said that her role is problematic, given that the university has contracts with the company and many on the campus want more scrutiny of Nike's labor practice.
January 11, 2010
The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors has adopted new limits on "retreat rights," payments to departing campus chancellors to help them adjust to a return to teaching, The Charlotte Observer reported. Some political leaders in the state have been outraged by reports that some officials have received these payments -- based on their senior administrative salaries -- and then retired rather than returning to teaching.
January 11, 2010
Members of Congress have been drawing attention to conflicts of interest between biomedical researchers whose research is useful to companies that pay them to consult. Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is facing a different kind of allegation, The Boston Globe reported.
January 8, 2010
With British universities facing deep budget cuts, some leading research universities are proposing that the government support doctoral education only when students are enrolled in highly ranked departments, Times Higher Education reported. Those advocating the change say that it will preserve the quality of the best programs, while critics are shouting that the idea is elitist and will squelch younger programs with great potential.
January 8, 2010
Colleges and universities in Taiwan plan to recruit and enroll top students from China, the Associated Press reported. Under a government proposal, students from 40 leading Chinese universities will be able to apply to study at one of Taiwan's colleges.

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