SHEEO welcomes Alicia Engels as new director of events

Washington, D.C.—The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomed Alicia Engels as its new director of events earlier this week. Engels will be a part of SHEEO’s Washington, D.C., office and will provide direction and oversight to help organize and implement SHEEO events, including the Annual Meeting, Higher Education Policy Conference, and Communities of Practice.

Before joining SHEEO, Engels served as the assistant director of Events, Conferences and Support Services at the University of Richmond (UR) in Richmond, Virginia. She developed and managed high profile university events such as commencement, family weekend, and student orientation. She also served as principal contact for all campus space reservations, resource scheduling, and event logistics. Engels was notably responsible for implementing the first large-scale event at UR within COVID protocol. Prior to her time at the university, she served as a recreation coordinator for Henrico County Recreation & Parks.

Engels holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from James Madison University. 


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) is the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. Founded in 1954, SHEEO serves its members as an advocate for state policy leadership, a liaison between states and the federal government, and a vehicle for learning from and collaborating with peers. SHEEO also serves as a manager of multistate teams and as a source of information and analysis on educational and public policy issues. Together with its members, SHEEO advances public policies and academic practices that enable Americans to attain education beyond high school and achieve success in the 21st-century economy.