David Bergeron, Departing Policy Maker, Looks Back at the Education Dept. Over 3 Decades

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David A. Bergeron

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David A. Bergeron

David A. Bergeron spent more than 34 years at the U.S. Department of Education, starting his career in 1978 as a specialist on a veterans' outreach program, and leaving this month after serving as the education secretary's chief higher-education adviser. During that time, he worked on five reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act and managed 20 negotiated rule-makings, helping shape federal higher-education policy under nine secretaries of education. He had a hand in the creation and