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
The University of California at Los Angeles has removed Jeffrey Wang, a prominent researcher and surgeon, from the director's position of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center after determining that he failed repeatedly to report payments, stock options and royalties he was receiving from five companies whose products he was studying, The Wall Street Journal reported. Both the state and the university's medical school required the reports.
July 22, 2009
The Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii beat out a site in Chile on Tuesday to become the future home of the world's largest telescope, the Associated Press reported. The $1.2 billion telescope, with a range of 13 billion light years, is being set up by a consortium of the University of California, the California Institute of Technology and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy.
July 22, 2009
A group of former college football and men's basketball players have sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association in federal court, charging the association with violating antitrust laws by profiting off the use of the players' likenesses in video games and other memorabilia, USA Today reported.
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.

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