Leading Higher Education Journalist Nick Anderson to Join ACE, Will Head Comprehensive Engagement Efforts
January 11, 2024

​ACE is excited to announce that Nick Anderson is joining the Council as vice president for Higher Education Partnerships and Improvement. Anderson, formerly a senior reporter covering higher education for The Washington Post, will oversee comprehensive efforts to engage college and university leaders and other stakeholders on a broad range of issues.

Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson

In this new position, Anderson will also be responsible for designing plans to tackle some of the most significant short- and long-term challenges facing higher education and its institutions and students.

“We are in the midst of a tumultuous and challenging period for American higher education, but it’s also an opportunity to find new and more creative ways for our institutions to best serve their students and the public good,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Nick has years of experience covering higher education trends and has developed deep relationships with a wide array of college leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders. He is exceptionally well-suited to take on the mission of helping our member institutions meet the most pressing challenges, search for opportunities for systemic change, and turn reform ideas into reality.”

Anderson had been a leading reporter on higher education for The Post since 2012, filing authoritative stories from campuses across the United States and abroad. From 2006-2012, he helped oversee the paper’s education teams as education editor, deputy education editor, and assistant Virginia editor for education. His previous experience includes being a member of the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau, covering Congress and national politics.

“I am thrilled to join the ACE team,” Anderson said. “I look forward to working with the Council and its members nationwide on the shared goal of helping American higher education reach its full potential in the 21st century. Our institutions are building on a position of enormous strength. No other country in the world can match the kaleidoscopic breadth and depth of our colleges and universities and all that they contribute to society through teaching and research.”

Anderson received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He and his wife, writer Esther Schrader, are the proud parents of three graduates from Maryland public schools. He will formally start in his new role on Jan. 29.