Jamienne S. Studley

Jamie Studley

Jamienne S. Studley became the sixth president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) on January 16, 2018. Ms. Studley was deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 2013 to 2016. She also acted during vacancies in the positions of under secretary and assistant secretary for postsecondary education. Ms. Studley served on the federal advisory committee on accreditation, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) from 2008 to 2013 (chair, 2011-13). Earlier Ms. Studley was the department’s deputy and then acting general counsel from 1993 to 1999.

Ms. Studley has served in a number of other higher education roles, notably as the first female president of Skidmore College and as Associate Dean & Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She has also been professor of practice (public policy), Mills College; adjunct faculty, UC Berkeley and Stanford Law Schools; board member, Association of American Colleges & Universities; and Visiting Committee, Harvard Law School. A graduate of Barnard College (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Ms. Studley also served as National Policy Advisor for Beyond 12 and an independent consultant on institutional effectiveness, accreditation, and leadership.

Her nonprofit leadership experience includes CEO and now President Emerita of Public Advocates Inc. and executive director of the National Association for Law Placement. She serves on the boards of KQED and the Foundation for Student Success. Her past civic and volunteer activities have included chair of the San Francisco Ethics Commission and Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund; co-chair, California Civil Rights Coalition; co-founder, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Collectors of Wood Art, and board member, SF Education Fund, Mills College, American Craft Council, and Museum of Craft and Design (SF). Click here for her full biography. Click here for her full biography.

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