Hodges University President Dr. Terry McMahan was among a group of 12 private
college and university presidents and chancellors that met at the White House with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and key White House staff members in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
The presidents represented the Yes We Must Coalition, a group of 27 colleges and universities across the nation working to help low-income, first generation and minority students receive a higher education. Formed three years ago, coalition members collaborate to lower the costs of higher education and be a voice — supported by data — to educate the public and influence policy and practice that impacts students. Each member of Yes We Must is a college or university with fewer than 5,000 students and with half its student population eligible to receive Pell Grants.
“I’m proud to have had the opportunity to represent Hodges University, as well as our region of Florida, at this national forum,” McMahan said. “To have an opportunity to talk directly to the secretary of education and key White House staff on the subject of improving higher education with 11 other presidents was an honor.”
During the roundtable, Administration officials engaged the panel of presidents in exploring constructive solutions to bringing down college costs, making higher education more affordable and attainable, and regaining America’s global leadership in higher education attainment, as described in the Administration’s Education Blueprint: An Economy Built to Last.
Each university president shared information about the efficiency of their respective institutions’ operation and discussed possible future collaborations between the U.S. Department of Education and the Yes We Must Coalition.
In addition to Duncan, other White House representatives participating in the meeting included Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama for education policy; Jon Carson, director of the Office of Public Engagement; Cecilia Munoz, director of the Domestic Policy Advisory for Education; Zakiya Smith, senior policy Advisor for education; and Dr. Gloria Nemerowicz, president of the Yes We Must Coalition.