The Trump administration has tapped a former for-profit college official to lead the Education Department unit that polices fraud in higher education.
Julian Schmoke Jr., who previously directed campus operations at West Georgia Technical College and served as a dean at DeVry University, will be the department’s new chief enforcement officer, according to an internal email obtained by POLITICO.
The agency was created under President Obama to police fraud at higher education institutions:
As part of the Obama Administration’s aggressive action to protect students and taxpayers, the U.S. Department of Education is creating a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond more quickly and efficiently to allegations of illegal actions by higher education institutions.
“When Americans invest their time, money and effort to gain new skills, they have a right to expect they’ll actually get an education that leads to a better life for them and their families,” said Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “When that doesn’t happen we all pay the price. So let me be clear: schools looking to cheat students and taxpayers will be held accountable.”
The Obama administration named a top-notch attorney with a history of protecting consumers to lead the agency:
The Enforcement Unit will be led by Robert Kaye, one of the nation’s top enforcement attorneys – most recently as a leader in the Federal Trade Commission’s work protecting consumers. Through his work as the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Chief Litigation Counsel and as a manager in the Bureau’s Division of Enforcement, Kaye has considerable experience supervising and advising managers and attorneys engaged in consumer protection investigations, as well as federal court and administrative litigation.
And now, thanks to Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump, the agency will be led by Julian Schmoke Jr., a former DeVry University dean—the same DeVry University that was forced to pay a massive $100 million settlement for deceptive practices in December 2016: