The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Casey McCoy-Simmons and Dillon McNamara as state policy interns.
At SHEEO, Casey will work on the state higher education finance (SHEF) project, SHEEO’s tuition, fees, and financial assistance survey, and the creation of several issue briefs on higher education affordability and finance. Prior to her role at SHEEO, Casey was an education and policy research intern at the Colorado Department of Higher Education and continues in her role as a graduate fellow for Whiteboard Advisors. She is a Ph.D. student in higher education at the University of Denver with research interests in equity, student success, and college affordability. Casey’s current research focuses on state policy discourses and open educational resources (OER).
At SHEEO, Dillon will work on the state higher education finance (SHEF) project and the creation of several issue briefs on higher education affordability and finance. Prior to joining SHEEO, Dillon worked as a special assistant and policy analyst at the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, where he helped advance college access and affordability initiatives in the state. He most recently worked as a policy coordinator in the New Jersey Office of the Governor, focusing on education and health policy. Dillon graduated in 2018 from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in political science. Currently, Dillon is pursuing a master’s degree in public affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
ABOUT THE STATE HIGHER EDUCATION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
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 https://sheeo.org.