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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March 23, 2009
One of the longest serving presidents in higher education, Benjamin F. Payton of Tuskegee University, has announced plans to retire. During Payton's tenure, Tuskegee broadened its educational offerings (and changed its name from Tuskegee Institute to Tuskegee University to reflect that shift). Tuskegee has a prominent role in the history of black higher education and a tradition of long-serving presidents, starting with Booker T. Washington.
March 23, 2009
Two institutions in Moorhead, Minnesota -- Concordia College and Minnesota State University at Moorhead -- are calling off most classes today so students and others may help prepare sandbags to deal with serious local flooding.
March 23, 2009
The British government has backed off from a push for people outside the University of Cambridge to hold a majority of the seats on the institution's governing board, The Guardian reported. However, the university has agreed to provide more information about how it uses the government funds it receives.
March 23, 2009
Congressional Budget Office projects eliminating guaranteed loan program will save $94 billion, double the White House estimate.
March 20, 2009
Opposition to Obama proposal to end lender-based program had been surprisingly muted -- until financial aid directors group spoke up Thursday.
March 20, 2009
As excited as they are by the prospect of tens of billions of dollars in federal research funds flowing from the federal government's recently enacted economic stimulus package, university leaders are nervous about the accountability expectations that might be attached to the money. Will research agencies expect that recipients will be able to prove that the funds have been used productively?
March 20, 2009
President Obama on Thursday nominated Gabriella Gomez, a senior education aide to the head of the House Education and Labor Committee, to serve as the Education Department's chief liaison to Congress. Gomez, senior education policy adviser to Rep. George Miller, worked as a lobbyist for the American Federation of Teachers before joining Miller's staff. As assistant secretary for legislation and Congressional affairs, she will be Education Secretary Arne Duncan's top advocate on Capitol Hill. She is well-respected within higher education.
March 20, 2009
North Carolina's community college system has spent considerable time over the last year on the issue of students who do not have documentation that gives them legal status to live in the United States, barring such students from enrolling amid rhetoric about protecting the use of tax dollars and preserving the rights of North Carolinians. But on Thursday, the state community college board received some unexpected news: It had been making a profit on such students.
March 20, 2009
New Mexico's Senate is blocking legislation to allow a state takeover of the College of Santa Fe, a private college that could close in May without a rescue plan. KOB News 4 reported that senators believe that the college may have more financial obligations than have been discussed. In addition, senators told the station that they worry about the state having enough money for public higher education. Gov. Bill Richardson, however, has pledged to continue to push for the legislation to save the college.
March 20, 2009
Relations between Bishop Joseph Martino, who leads the dioces of Scranton, and Misericordia University appear to be worsening. Last month, Bishop Martino criticized the university for acting as a host for a speech by a gay rights activist, saying that Misericordia was not being faithful to Roman Catholic teachings by allowing the appearance.

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