Thomas Harnisch

Dr. Thomas Harnisch has over a decade of experience in higher education policy and serves as a national voice for public college and university leaders.

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He joined the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in 2007 and currently serves as director of state relations and policy analysis. In this role, he helps craft the AASCU Public Policy Agenda and plans the Higher Education Government Relations Conference. His policy research interests include higher education access, affordability, and completion, as well as regional stewardship. His research and commentary have appeared in over 200 articles throughout the nation, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostPoliticoInside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Prior to joining AASCU, he was a graduate assistant at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). He a doctorate from The George Washington University, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin.