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K-State Today

March 31, 2020

Johnson to serve on advisory committee for APLU

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Dr. Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson, chair of the College of Education educational leadership department and Lydia E. Skeen endowed professor in education, was invited to represent K-State on the newly-formed Rural Student Success Advisory Committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU. He begins his appointment in April 2020.

Higher education experts who serve on the advisory committee will meet regularly and provide high-level leadership and strategic guidance for an APLU initiative with the objective of recognizing and adapting to the challenges of access and affordability while building assets for rural communities.

"The postsecondary success of rural students is an issue of vital concern to higher education and to the economic vitality of the nation," Johnson said. "This APLU initiative, which will focus on both identifying and implementing strategies to promote access/retention/success, and on building capacity within rural communities, has the potential to both improve outcomes and empower a broader set of stakeholders to contribute to those outcomes. Given our history and mission, K-State is an ideal institution to be at the table and to play a leading role. I'm excited to participate in the work."

Johnson joined the K-State faculty in 2019. Before his 15-year tenure in higher education, he served as the policy research director for the Rural School Community Trust and as a high school principal and high school English teacher.

The APLU is a research and policy advocacy association based in Washington, D.C., and works to advance the work of public universities in North America.