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Presidents Council Names Ferris Alumnus Daniel Hurley Association Executive

Daniel J. HurleyLANSING, Mich. – Ferris State University alumnus Daniel J. Hurley will become the new CEO of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan effective July 1, replacing Michael A. Boulus, who is retiring from the council after serving 14 years as its leader.

Hurley, also a former Ferris employee, is currently associate vice president for government relations and state policy with the Washington, D.C.-based American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). In that position, he has researched, analyzed and help advance into public policy a variety of issues affecting higher education, including financing of higher education, financial aid, student success, governance and institutional best practices.

Prior to joining AASCU, Hurley was director of university relations and administrative services at PCSUM. He has also served as an administrative assistant to the president at Ferris from 1998 until 2003. Hurley has a Ph.D. in public administration from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in career and technical education from Ferris and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Grand Valley State University.

Presidents Council Chairman Glenn Mroz, president of Michigan Technological University, said the board is pleased Hurley decided to return to Michigan to helm the association.

"We were fortunate to have a great field of candidates for the position and Dan in particular. Dan's prior experience in Michigan and most recent experience in government relations and state policy at the national level were significant factors in his selection,” Mroz said.

Hurley said the opportunity to lead the council in his home state was an extraordinary opportunity.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with the presidents and chancellors of the state universities in Michigan in advancing an agenda that optimizes the remarkable contributions these institutions make toward meeting the needs of the state and its citizens,” Hurley said.

Boulus said Hurley’s national perspective and local roots will provide high value to the council and its members.

“Dan was a valuable right hand when he was at the council, and he has only added to his knowledge of higher education policy and management while in Washington," he said. "I’m delighted at his return, and feel confident that the council will continue to be a key voice in Michigan’s discussions about higher education.”

The Michigan Association of State Universities serves as a forum for the presidents and chancellors of the Michigan 15 public universities to discuss and frame positions on key higher education finance and policy issues.

SOURCE: President's Council, State Universities of Michigan