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About APLU

Who We Are

APLU's day-to-day operations are led by President Peter McPherson and more than 50 staff members.  The Board of Directors provides oversight and direction for their work and is charged with setting membership and governing policies for the association.

Our President

Peter McPherson came to APLU in 2006, having served as president of Michigan State University for more than a decade.  His resume also includes senior leadership positions in government and business as well as on a multitude of boards of non-profit organizations.

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing and ultimate policymaking body of the association.  Under APLU’s bylaws, representatives from the association’s councils and commissions, seven president/chancellor representatives, and five elected officers constitute the board.  Each representative is elected to a three-year term, with the exception of the officers, who are elected to one-year terms.

Our Staff

APLU has attracted a bright and talented cadre of public higher education experts – a quarter of whom hold Ph.Ds.  Vice presidents of each office and their staffs work with colleagues across member institutions to undertake a broad array of projects and initiatives.  APLU offices also work to directly serve the association's membership through the work of councils and commissions and the planning and coordination of dozens of meetings each year.

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APLU Staff Highlights

APLU's Shalin Jyotishi Pens Op-Ed on Improving Student Workforce Outcomes
Shalin Jyotishi
Assistant Director, Economic Development and Community Engagement

In a new op-ed for RealClearEducation, APLU’s Shalin Jyotishi and Karen Elzey, Associate Executive Director of Workcred, assert that in the COVID-19 era, combinding industry certification and college degrees is a win for students, employers, and institutions. Read the article here.