Lehman College Provost Appointed to Institute for Higher Education Policy Board

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Provost Peter Nwosu

Peter O. Nwosu, Lehman College provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Success, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonpartisan Washington D.C. institute that develops action-oriented research focused on education policy and practice. 

The IHEP Board of Directors manages fiduciary responsibilities and establishes policies that further the organization’s growing research, advocacy, and programmatic aims. Provost Nwosu is joined by four other new appointees: MaryEllen McGuire, founder and president of the Postsecondary National Policy Institute; Ajita Talwalker Menon, president and CEO of Calbright College; James L. Moore III, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University; and Michelle R. Weise, senior advisor at Imaginable Futures. 

“We warmly welcome these talented, experienced, and dedicated postsecondary education leaders to our board,” said IHEP interim President Mamie Voight. “The five new members join a board and organization that shares their passion for solving today’s most urgent challenges in higher education with equity-focused, student-centered solutions.” 

Producing research in a range of policy areas aimed at improving college access and success—especially for underserved populations—IHEP focuses on issues related to affordability, degree completion, prison-based higher education, and the effective use of data. Its work guides policymakers and education leaders in developing strategies to address the particular challenges that students and institutions face in these areas. 

Over the past five years, Lehman College has undertaken a number of initiatives in areas such as student success, retention, and degree completion. For example, the Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) program offers comprehensive financial, academic, and advising support to first-time freshmen and transfer students with associate degrees. The College has also developed programs to improve the transfer student experience, enhanced its student support services, and improved the integration of the internal systems, communication, and processes that deliver them. 

In addition to the IHEP board, Provost Nwosu sits on the Executive Board of the American Council on Education Fellows Program, the Board of Directors of the California Urban Partnership, and the Board of Directors of the Association of Chief Academic Officers.