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Daniel T. Madzelan Named ACE Associate Vice President for Government Relations

February 05, 2014


​ACE today announced the appointment of Daniel T. Madzelan as associate vice president for government relations.

In his role, Madzelan will help advance ACE’s advocacy on behalf of the higher education community, particularly the array of federal policies and issues critical to the missions of American colleges and universities and the students they serve. Madzelan will join ACE effective Feb. 10.

Madzelan is a well-known and widely respected higher education policy analyst with 25 years of high-level federal experience. He served as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education from February 2009 to July 2010, where he was charged with primary responsibility for administering a $2.6 billion program budget providing financial support to colleges and universities and their students. Previously, he was a longtime director of the forecasting and policy analysis service in the department’s office of postsecondary education. He worked in a number of capacities in that office prior to becoming a director. Currently, he is an independent consultant advising advocacy organizations on matters related to federal higher education regulations and legislation.

Madzelan assumes the role held by Becky Timmons, a prominent higher education lobbyist who retired last week after a 40-year-career at ACE.

“Becky Timmons has been an esteemed colleague and influential higher education force for many years,” said Terry W. Hartle, ACE senior vice president for government relations and public affairs. “Dan Madzelan is superbly qualified to help ensure that ACE and our member institutions continue to have an effective voice in Congress and the executive branch, from advocating for adequate student financial aid funding to making the case for the importance of streamlined government rules and regulations.”

“I could not be more pleased to have Dan Madzelan join our team,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “We are fortunate to have someone with his wealth of knowledge about federal higher education policy. He brings a unique perspective shaped by more than two decades of working on the federal issues that impact our member institutions.”

“I am looking forward to joining my colleagues at ACE who strive every day to promote and expand higher education opportunity,” Madzelan said. “As the major coordinating body for the higher education community that is consistently in the center of key public policy debates, there is no better platform from which to work on behalf of colleges and universities and the students and families they serve.”

Madzelan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts. His major was in economics with a concentration in mathematics and statistics.

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