Terry W. Hartle '73
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Terry W. Hartle '73 is the senior vice president of the American Council on Education (ACE), one of the best known and most visible leaders in American higher education.

ACE is the nation's largest higher education organization, representing some 2,000 college and university presidents.  Historically, it is ACE's job to build consensus about effective federal policies to help colleges and their students and to lead the advocacy efforts in support of those policies.  It's a big undertaking – last year alone the federal government spent almost $175 billion on student aid and scientific research.  Terry is the quarterback of these efforts.  Whenever the Congress or the U.S. Department of Education is thinking about higher education, Terry is an important voice in the middle of the discussions.

Terry speaks with the national and international media on a daily basis and is in great demand as a speaker about higher education issues.  He regularly testifies before Congress – most recently just last Wednesday when he discussed the Department of Defense education benefits available to military service members serving on active duty.

Interestingly, only three people have held this important position since it was created 40 years ago, and two of them have been Hiram alums – Steven K. Bailey '39 was the first and Terry is the third.  How wonderful for Hiram that two of our alumni from different generations have played such central roles in public policy debates about higher education!

Before he came to ACE in 1993, Terry was the education staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, then chaired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  Earlier in his career he was the Director of Social Policy Studies and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and a research scientist at Educational Testing Service (ETS).  He has authored numerous books and articles about higher education and regularly writes book reviews for "The Christian Science Monitor."

In addition to his Hiram degree, Terry has a Master's degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from George Washington University.  He has also received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Northeastern University. 

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