Meet WICHE Interim President David A. Longanecker
David Longanecker with his big rig
David A. Longanecker is interim president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in Boulder, Colo., directing the activities of WICHE’s 65-member staff as the commission searches for a new long-term president. Longanecker brings a deep well of experience and context to his current role, having served as president of WICHE from 1999 through 2016.
Prior to his WICHE tenure, Longanecker had served for six years as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, and had been state higher education executive officer (SHEEO) in Colorado and Minnesota. He also had been the principal analyst for higher education for the Congressional Budget Office. Longanecker has served on numerous boards and commissions and has written extensively on a range of higher education issues. His primary interests in higher education are access, promoting student and institutional performance, teacher education, finance, the efficient use of educational technologies, and academic collaboration throughout North America.
He holds an Ed.D. from Stanford University, an M.A. in student personnel work from the George Washington University, a B.A. in sociology from Washington State University, and a commercial driver’s license from Aims Community College, where he matriculated after retiring from WICHE’s long-term presidency in successful pursuit of his lifetime personal ambition to be a long-haul truck driver.