Terry Hartle

Terry Hartle

Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president, of government relations and public affairs at the American Council on Education (ACE), has spent his professional career at the intersection of higher education and the federal government.  For the last 30 years, he has worked from his position at ACE to organize and lead the higher education community’s efforts to establish and maintain government policies that will benefit colleges and universities and their students.

Most recently, Hartle and his team designed and led the successful effort to secure federal government support to help institutions and their students during the pandemic. As a result, Congress provided $78 billion in COVID-19 relief for higher education—half of which went directly to students and their families. 

As an expert, knowledgeable, and passionate voice on behalf of colleges and universities, he testifies before Congress and is quoted frequently in the national and international media.  He regularly publishes articles on the politics and policy of higher education.

Before joining ACE, Hartle was the education staff director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, then chaired by the legendary Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.  In this position, he played a central role in creating some of the public policies that still underpin federal aid to colleges and their students. He also has been a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service.

Hartle’s commitment to higher education is based on personal experience. He received a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University (GWU) and a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history (summa cum laude) from Hiram College and spent part of his undergraduate years studying at the University of Cambridge. He has been awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Northeastern University and currently serves on the Smith College Board of Trustees. He has received the GWU President's Medal, the Hiram College Alumni Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.