NEBHE Appoints New Senior Director of Policy and Research

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) announces the appointment of Susan Lane as senior director of policy and research.

Lane has more than 35 years of experience working across campuses, P-12 districts, businesses and government to strengthen the reach of education though collaboration around common goals.

Most recently, as senior advisor to the commissioner for P-16 access and alignment policy in Massachusetts, Lane led the Commonwealth’s higher education work on college and career readiness, access and success.

Before that she was policy advisor with the Education Strategy Group and associate dean at Lesley University, and senior executive at Lesley’s National Center. She was also associate vice chancellor at UMass Dartmouth. She served as president of the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass. from 2008 to 2010

“Sue has developed state policies, practices, partnerships and programs that support  higher education’s responsiveness to state and student learning needs,” said NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas. “And that fits precisely with NEBHE’s vision of building out its policy and research work.”

“I look forward to working regionally with NEBHE to engage in the policy discussions and advising so critical to our leaders in education, government and business, and, above all, to provide value for all our learners,” said Lane.

NEBHE’s Policy and Research team works to influence the development and substance of state postsecondary policy agendas and proposals, exert an expanded leadership voice and influence on key postsecondary policy issues and provide expert and timely resources to member states and their respective policymakers, valuable cross-state perspectives, partnerships and exchanges and a policy and research platform for new multistate projects and cross-state activities. The team includes The New England Journal of Higher Education.

The team will also play a key role in NEBHE’s soon-to-be-announced regional commission of higher education, government and industry leaders with a focused agenda on increasing work readiness and employability of postsecondary graduates.


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