Education Dept. Names New Top Higher-Education Adviser

The U.S. Education Department, which has seen an exodus of top officials in recent months, has promoted Jeff Appel, a former Congressional aide, to be its top policy adviser on higher education.

Mr. Appel, who joined the department as a special assistant for planning, evaluation, and policy development in 2011, succeeds Georgia Yuan as deputy under secretary. Ms. Yuan, who replaced James Kvaal, left the