James Kvaal, Higher Ed Policy Architect, Leaves White House

on March 23, 2016

James Kvaal has left the White House for a teaching position at the University of Michigan. Mr. Kvaal was one of the Obama Administration’s key higher education policy architects, serving most recently as deputy director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.

During his seven-year tenure, Mr. Kvaal was involved in several high-profile initiatives, including the switch to 100 percent direct lending, the creation of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the 2009 increase in Federal Pell Grant program funding, the expansion of income-driven repayment plans, FAFSA simplification, the creation of the College Scorecard and the development of gainful employment and incentive compensation regulations. His most recent effort involved the President’s proposal for free community college tuition.

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