Schaumburg, an Illinois-based postsecondary education company Perdoceo Education Corporation has appointed Alan D Wheat to its board of directors, following the decision to expand the number of eligible board seats from eight to nine.

Former Congressman Wheat is chair of the Polsinelli law firm’s national public policy practice. In 1982, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, where he became part of the House leadership as the youngest member in Congressional history to be appointed to the powerful Rules Committee.

While in Congress, he was one of the nation’s first African-Americans to represent a district with a white majority. He left the House in 1994 to run for a seat in the US Senate, becoming the first minority candidate selected as a major party nominee for state-wide office in Missouri.

After failing to get elected, Wheat became vice-president of public policy and government Relations with CARE, a global relief and development organisations. After CARE, he became deputy campaign manager in the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign and later formed Wheat Government Relations which he headed until joining Polsinelli in 2013, where he is chairman of public policy managing a bi-partisan team of public policy professionals.

Perdoceo chairman Thomas Lally said: “With his extensive knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes, Mr. Wheat will add invaluable experience and insight to our board.”

Perdoceo’s academic institutions offer postsecondary education, primarily online, along with campus-based and blended learning programmes. The company’s accredited institutions, Colorado Technical University and the American InterContinental University System, provide degree programmes through to master’s or doctoral level, as well as associate and bachelor’s levels.

Date published: 12 March 2021

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