Alumnus to discuss political perceptions of higher education

contact: Tonya Durlach
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KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University will host a community forum on the government's policymaking processes and their effect on the nation's public universities from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 1040 of the Fetzer Center.

WMU alumnus Dr. Daniel J. Hurley will present "Governing by Anecdote: The Political Perceptions and Priorities of Higher Education." It will focus on his belief that many championed policy measures stem from knee-jerk reactions to current events or are based on misinformed perceptions about higher education, both of which collectively restrain the full potential of public universities.

Hurley will also discuss actions that individuals may take to provide clarity and focus in the policymaking process for public universities to fully deliver on their missions and contributions to society.

Daniel J. Hurley

Hurley has served as the director of state relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities since 2007. Based in Washington, D.C., the association is the leadership organization of 400 public college and university presidents, chancellors and system heads from throughout the United States. Hurley was a recipient of WMU's 2012 School of Public Affairs and Administration Outstanding Alumni Award and College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award.

Hurley's community forum is sponsored by WMU's School of Public Affairs and Administration. Visit the school online at or call (269) 387-8930 for more information.