April 22, 2019
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, Maureen Hoyler, President of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), will receive the Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from the Klinger College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University. The award will be presented at the Alumni National Awards Luncheon.
Ms. Hoyler has dedicated her entire career to the mission of achieving college access and success for low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. Her commitment to college opportunity began during her time working as an assistant the first director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University, Dr. Arnold Mitchem. In 1981, Ms. Hoyler moved to Washington, D.C., to establish the Council’s national office. As the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, she played an integral role in its growth from a staff of just one full-time professional to a robust entity that provides professional development, student opportunities, and advocacy for nearly 2,800 federally-funded college opportunity programs at almost 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide.
Since assuming the presidency of COE in 2013, Ms. Hoyler has continued to make significant impacts Under her leadership, federal appropriations for educational opportunity programs have increased by 28% to more than $1 billion. Also, she has launched a number of initiatives, such as the Executive Leadership Institute for College Opportunity Professionals and the First-Generation College Celebration, which now occurs annually on November 8, the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. She continues to assure that the critical base of experienced educational opportunity professionals is recognized in policy conversations around college access and success on both the state and national levels.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1970 and her law degree in 1979 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.