U.S. Department of Education Personnel Announcement

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U.S. Department of Education Personnel Announcement

January 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Education announced today one new hire and additional personnel announcements:

Frank Brogan: Delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education

Frank Brogan, the former Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, has been delegated the duties of Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education (OPE) where he will supervise Higher Education Programs, the Office of International and Foreign Language Education and the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation. He will continue to also serve as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of OPEPD overseeing the Department's planning, evaluation, policy development, and budget activities. Frank Brogan has also served as Chancellor of the State University System of Florida and President of Florida Atlantic University. He was also the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Florida. Brogan is a longtime educator who served eight years in statewide office.

Frank Brogan has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to be Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). He is awaiting Senate confirmation.

Kathleen Smith: Deputy Chief Operating Officer, FSA

Kathleen Smith will be responsible for managing, under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the daily operations of Federal Student Aid (FSA), its 1300 employees and its $1.4 trillion student loan portfolio. Most recently, Smith served as Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). Smith also worked as an Education Policy Advisor on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, was Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Policy and Member Services at Access Group, Inc. and served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education in the OPE office from 2009 – 2013.

Dr. Andrea Ramirez: Acting Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

As Acting Director, Dr. Ramirez oversees the Department’s outreach efforts and engagement with faith leaders and community-based organizations. Andrea Ramirez most recently served as the Executive Director of the Faith and Education Coalition for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Ramirez holds a PhD from Regent University and a degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Dallas Baptist University.

Holly Ham, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Holly Ham is responsible for directing the efforts of the White House Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs to advise federal agency leadership on the implementation and coordination of federal programs as they relate to AAPIs across executive departments and agencies. Ham has been at the U.S. Department of Education since January. She previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Management. Prior to joining the Department, Ham had an extensive career in private enterprise focused on increasing organizations' productivity through technology.