Thomas Harnisch | Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Current Position and Past Experience
Thomas Harnisch serves as the Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), where he has worked since 2007. His responsibilities include research, policy analysis and communication to the AASCU membership and other external stakeholder groups. He is also a Staff Liaison to the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee, the organization’s thinktank of college leaders. His research and commentary has been cited in Time Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Education Week and numerous other national, state and local media outlets.
Earlier in his career, Harnisch was a Graduate Assistant at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
Education, Honors and Achievements
Harnisch earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Economic Development from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Harnisch also earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University.
Personal Details and Community Involvement
In his spare time, Tom enjoys running and reading. He is also active in civic and charitable causes in the Washington, D.C. area.