David Longanecker retired from the position as President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in June, 2016. He had served WICHE as its Chief Executive Officer for 17 years. Upon retiring, he returned to higher education as a student, securing his commercial drivers license from Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado and became a truck driver, driving over-the-road full-time for half much of 2017, now driving only part-time.
Previous to joining WICHE, Longanecker served for six years as the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that he was the state higher education executive officer in Colorado and Minnesota. He was the principal analyst for higher education for the Congressional Budget Office earlier in his career. Longanecker has served on numerous boards and commissions, and has written extensively on a range of higher education issues.
His primary interests have been expanding access to successful completion for students within all sectors of higher education, promoting improved measurement of student and institutional performance, assuring efficient and effective finance and financial aid strategies, and fostering effective use of educational technologies, all for the purpose of sustaining our nation’s strength in the world and increasing the quality of life for all Americans, particularly those who have traditionally been left out in the past. He holds an Ed.D. from Stanford University, an M.A. in student personnel work from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in sociology from Washington State University. Between completing his bachelors degree and continuing his education he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.