Dr. Glenn Lang is the Assistant Secretary of Higher Education for Academic Affairs and Student Programs (Retired), Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (NJ). His career in higher education dates back to 1974. Since 1979 he has served in New Jersey higher education in the former Department of Higher Education, in the Commission on Higher Education and most recently in Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in various roles including Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (July 2010 to August 2011), and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (1992-1012). In his most recent role as the chief academic affairs officer at the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education he oversaw institutional licensure and exceeding mission reviews, managed relations with regional and federal accreditation bodies including Middle States, and represented the agency on the academic issues and transfer articulation committees of the NJ Presidents’ Council and the Higher Education Student assistance Authority and the Educational Facilities Authority. He also oversaw the statewide student programs including the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), Minority Academic Careers Programs, the NJ State GEAR UP project, the Federal College Access Challenge Grant which accounted for over 85% of the agency’s annual budget. He was the principal author of NJ’s recent successful GEAR UP application resulting in a 6-year $24 million grant from the USDOE and the co-author of the original NJ GEARUP application in 1999.
He is the immediate past-president of Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education. He served as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Advisory Board and the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel national training team on student retention and graduation strategies. He has also served as a reviewer for the CAS Standards for TRIO and Other Opportunity Programs and a member of the TRIO Clearinghouse which led to the development of the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity and Education. His recognitions include New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – Thomas C. Scott Distinguished Service Award (2014)the Proclamation from the New Jersey Assembly Recognizing Service to NJ (2013), and New Jersey Senate Recognizing Service to NJ (2012).
Areas of Expertise: Strategic Planning, Student Financial Aid, Program Development and Evaluations, Government Policy and Advocacy, Accreditation and Licensure