The U.S. Department of Education announced on March 28 the appointment of Kim Hunter Reed, a 1987 Manship School graduate, as deputy undersecretary, effective immediately.
At LSU, Reed received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 1987 and a Master of Public Administration degree from the E. J. Ourso College of Business in 1995. She replaces Jamienne Studley, who left the department late last year, and will work with Undersecretary Ted Mitchell on the Obama administration’s higher education priorities such as access, affordability and completion.
Most recently, Reed, a native of Lake Charles, was a principal at HCM Strategists LLC, a public policy and advocacy consulting firm in Washington, D.C., focused on advancing effective solutions in health and education. She also previously served as chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System.
In a memo to staff, Mitchell wrote that Reed’s 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.”