Dr. Reed has a substantial background in higher education and served as deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama’s administration. There, she led the department’s work on diversity and inclusion and directed the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Her work with the initiative focused on building the capacity for the nation’s 105 HBCUs through promotion of best practices that increased student success, improved competitiveness in federal grants and contracts, and expanded corporate partnerships to advance faculty and student engagement.
Prior to her work with the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Reed held numerous higher education positions in Louisiana, including chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana system.
“Dr. Reed’s experience in state and national policy related to diversity, inclusion, and student success is a perfect fit with our programs,” stated Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Ph.D., Department Chair for the Higher Education Department. Dr. Reed will bring her talent, leadership, and national stature to the Morgridge College of Education this spring where she will teach a course on Public Policy in Higher Education. She will also co-coordinate a national policy symposium, hosted by HED, tentatively scheduled for spring 2018.
“Developing our future higher education policy leaders provides both a special opportunity and tremendous responsibility,” said Reed. “I look forward to joining this collaborative community, engaging with students and the outstanding faculty.”