Greg Darnieder, the U.S. Secretary of Education’s senior advisor on the College Access Initiative, is the featured guest at Youngstown State University’s College Access Summit on Monday, Oct. 28, in McKay Auditorium, Beeghly Hall, on the YSU campus.
The summit runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with sessions on the implications of pending dual enrollment legislation, college access and college retention.
Darnieder holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a K-8 Teaching Certificate from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Christian Education from Wheaton College. He is the former president of the Center for Impact Research and treasurer of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund. He was also on the board of the Steans Family Foundation, the Roberta Bachmann Lewis Scholarship Fund, Scholarship Chicago, the Illinois Education Foundation and the North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School. He was executive director of the I Have a Dream Foundation, the founding executive director of the LaSalle State Community Youth Creative Learning Experience, and executive director for the Chicago Cluster Initiative. Previously, he was also the director of the Department of College and Career Preparation with the Chicago Public Schools. In 2009, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named Darnieder the Special Assistant to the Secretary for College Access at the U.S. Department of Education.