Jamienne S. Studley Named Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Date: September 20, 2013

Ed. Note: Read our Board of Governors' announcement of Jamienne's departure.


Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Under Secretary is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamienne S. Studley as Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, effective September 26, 2013. She will join Deputy Under Secretary Jeff Appel and together they will provide coordination and oversight of the Department’s ambitious postsecondary policy initiatives and workstreams to increase access, affordability, quality and completion. Their responsibilities will include a strong focus on higher education policy development and outreach. They will also support research to deepen the evidence-base to strengthen the nation's postsecondary system, student experiences and outcomes.

Formerly, Jamienne served as deputy and acting general counsel of the Department in the Clinton Administration from 1993-97.  During that time, she had responsibility for implementing the negotiated rulemaking process, led the negotiated rulemaking on financial responsibility, and served on the White House Regulatory Reinvention Group. In March 2010, Secretary Duncan appointed her to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which she has chaired since 2012.

Jamienne brings to the position a rich set of public and private sector experiences in addressing the needs of low income, underrepresented students from her previous work as President and CEO of at Public Advocates Inc., President of Skidmore College, Associate Dean of Yale Law School, Board Member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and her service on the policy committees of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact and the New York State Council of Independent Colleges and Universities. At Yale, she helped to establish the loan forgiveness program.

Jamienne grew up in Woodridge, NY (Sullivan County) and attended Fallsburgh Central Schools, where her grandfather served on the school board for 47 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Barnard College and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as president of the Student-Faculty Government. She has been recognized with numerous awards over the years, most notably the Distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College and Champion for College Opportunity from the Campaign for College Opportunity.

We are delighted to welcome Jamienne back to the Department. Those of you who have worked with Jamienne previously have confirmed her ability to listen, seek common ground and embrace new ideas while ensuring that our core values and high standards drive all that we do. Please join me in welcoming her to the team.

Best wishes!


Martha Kanter, Under Secretary

U.S. Department of Education