Jamienne S. Studley
Ms. Studley, who became WSCUC President in January 2018, has advanced education opportunity and justice as deputy under secretary and chief counsel of the US Department of Education, President of Skidmore College and the civil rights organization Public Advocates, and associate dean of Yale Law School. A graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School, she taught as an adjunct at Mills College and Stanford and UC Berkeley Law Schools and served as treasurer of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
Ms. Studley served under President Barack Obama as the Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education from September 2013 to January 2016 and also acted as assistant secretary for postsecondary education in 2015. She helped guide work on the College Scorecard, college access and completion, accreditation, campus climate, and federal innovation grants for higher education.
She was the first female president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and President and CEO of the San Francisco based civil rights group Public Advocates Inc. She has served on the faculty of Yale Law School as Associate Dean and Lecturer in Law and taught as an adjunct at Mills College as well as Stanford and UC Berkeley Law Schools. In other federal service, Studley was special assistant to the secretary of HEW/HHS under President Carter. In the Clinton administration she was deputy and then chief lawyer of the Department of Education.
A graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School, Studley lives in San Francisco and Sebastopol, CA. She has chaired the SF Ethics Commission and served on the boards of the SF Education Fund, Mills College, American Craft Council, Museum of Craft and Design, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
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