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Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. He previously served as co-founder...Read bio »

We All Must Do More

Aug 14, 2017

There are moments that call for moral clarity and public accountability—moments that require us to affirm our core values and commit to concrete action in the face of deep threats. In the wake of shameful acts of racist violence and terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, this is such a moment.

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Not Who You Think: The Truth About Today’s College Students

July 14, 2017

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis addresses Pew research that uncovers a sharp partisan divide in our country's regard for higher education.

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North America Needs Talent

June 01, 2017

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis spoke at the Annual Conference of Polytechnics Canada on ways we can to develop and deploy the talent that employers need to fill the jobs that workers want.

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When looking back moves people ahead

May 06, 2017

Nationally, colleges and universities have been working with officials in their states to ensure students receive credit for the associate’s degrees they've earned while working toward their bachelor’s—even if they stop before finishing. Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis writes about the game-changer called reverse transfer in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

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All Americans are 'college material'–and they must be

March 23, 2017

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis outlined a vision for cultivating the talent needed for economic and social success in the luncheon keynote before an audience of institutional leaders at the Annual conference of UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association.)

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The Critical Role of Math Pathways in the Student Success Agenda

March 06, 2017

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis spoke at the 2017 Summit on Mathematics Pathways in Indianapolis for the launch of a proposed national strategy for developing math pathways that will provide students the rigorous mathematics instruction that is most relevant to their chosen programs of study.

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Americans need meaningful jobs. Learning beyond high school is the pathway to getting one.

Feb 23, 2017

The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 makes it impossible to continue to ignore America’s jobs problem. Trump’s economic rhetoric—couched in nationalism and a promise to return to the good old days—appealed to the increasing number of Americans who can’t find meaningful work, support their families, or ascend the economic ladder.

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A Statement on Immigration and American Opportunity

Feb 01, 2017

In a statement on President Trump's executive order to suspend some immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis reminds us why we must remain true to the long-held values that have enabled the United States to integrate tens of millions of people from diverse races, religions, and cultures to form a distinct American identity.

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A Stronger Nation and the Talent that Will Make It Happen

Dec 05, 2016

Only a few weeks after the release of Lumina's latest strategic plan, more than 100 million people voted in national, state, and local elections. They cast ballots after one of the most rancorous and divisive presidential campaigns in the nation’s history. After votes were tallied, many of us were left wondering what the future holds.

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