SHEEO President Robert Anderson’s Statement on the Violence at the Capitol

“I join elected leaders from both parties and higher education leaders from across the country in denouncing the lawless violence that occurred this week on the Capitol grounds and in Washington, D.C. These actions have no place in a democracy, and this reprehensible attack on our country and the democratic process is inexcusable.

As our country ushers in new leadership, we at SHEEO are eager to work alongside the new administration and leaders in Congress to advocate for the equitable education of all students and to develop an effective state-federal partnership that results in meaningful and transformative higher education policy.”


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) serves the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education and their staffs. Founded in 1954, SHEEO promotes an environment that values higher education and its role in ensuring the equitable education of all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Together with its members, SHEEO aims to achieve this vision by equipping state higher education executive officers and their staffs with the tools to effectively advance the value of higher education, promoting public policies and academic practices that enable all Americans to achieve success in the 21st century, and serving as an advocate for state higher education leadership. For more information, visit