Former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch to Advise Coalition on Development of Higher Education Standards

Tue May 24, 2011 3:51pm EDT

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Former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch to Advise Coalition on Development of Higher Education Standards

Former Rhode Island (RI) Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch has joined the Coalition for Educational Success as a consultant to the Coalition’s Board of Advisors in the development of the Standards of Responsible Conduct for higher education.

“Mr. Lynch has extensive experience working with stakeholders to protect students at all levels of higher education. We look forward to receiving his counsel on how to create the highest possible Standards of Responsible Conduct and ensure that career college students receive quality education and job training,” said Penny Lee Managing Director of the Coalition for Educational Success. “We seek to set forth Standards that not only help career colleges provide great outcomes, but ones that serve as a marker for all of higher education.”

“Higher education is presented with a unique opportunity to raise the bar for student outcomes at all institutions. I look forward to working with educators, students, state’s Attorneys General, career colleges and others in the development of a roadmap for quality outcomes,” said Mr. Lynch.

The Coalition’s Standards will improve and ensure transparency, disclosure, training, and provide strong new protections for students.

Patrick C. Lynch

Serving from 2003 to 2010, Mr. Lynch, is the 72nd person to hold the office of Rhode Island Attorney General since its inception in 1650. Lynch, during his tenure as RI’s Attorney General, was the first Attorney General in state history to serve as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). A Special Assistant Attorney General from 1994 to 1999, he prosecuted cases at every level of Rhode Island’s criminal justice system and led the State’s prosecution of gang-related offenses. Mr. Lynch worked for one of Rhode Island’s top law firms until the 2002 election, which capped his first campaign for public office.

During his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Lynch also served on the Board of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). He was a member of the Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations through the Department of Justice from 2004 to 2006, and was Chairman of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) from 2004 to 2006.

A 1987 graduate of Brown University, Mr. Lynch earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

The Coalition for Educational Success

The Coalition for Educational Success includes many of the nation's leading career colleges, serving more than 350,000 students at 478 campuses in 41 states. Career colleges provide training for students in 17 of the 20 fastest growing fields. The Coalition advocates for policies that support wider access to higher education, particularly for non-traditional students including full-time workers, workforce returners, working parents, minorities and veterans.

Patrick Lynch Group

The Patrick Lynch Group is a strategic consulting firm that specializes in government affairs, public affairs and business development.

The Coalition for Educational Success
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