Donna Stelling-Gurnett has been hired as executive director of the Association of Proprietary Colleges – a New York-based organization representing 26 tax-paying, degree-granting colleges located on 41 campuses across the state.
As APC’s executive director, Ms. Stelling-Gurnett will be responsible for leading the association’s state and federal regulatory coordination, as well as promoting APC’s active legislative agenda and awareness strategy, which is part of a year-round outreach program to help make college more affordable and accessible for all students. She also will provide guidance and counsel to the APC Board of Directors and develop and implement educational conferences for the membership.
“In Donna Stelling-Gurnett we have found a talented and skilled professional with nearly two decades of experience advancing association polices through consensus building and reaching out to many constituencies,” said Stephen Jerome, president of APC and Monroe College in the Bronx and New Rochelle. “She will be a tireless advocate for higher education, both in terms of student access, as well as the sector’s commitment to make significant and sustainable contributions to the economic growth of New York State. I look forward to collaborating with Donna.”
Most recently, Ms. Stelling-Gurnett served as an executive director for ADG Communications – an association management company that directs more than 15 trade associations. In this capacity, Ms. Stelling-Gurnett effectively managed the day-to-day activities of four trade associations: Association of Philanthropic Counsel; Insurance Brokers Association of New York State; New York State Nursery and Landscape Association; and the New York State Superintendent of School Buildings and Grounds. She also served as executive director of PRRI, an association management company, handling medical and surgical organizations through 2011.
“New York’s proprietary colleges have historically played an important role in the economic and social well-being of the state,” said Ms. Stelling-Gurnett. “Moving forward, they will be essential partners for helping to strengthen New York State’s economy by preparing students to meet employer’s needs. I am grateful for the opportunity to help advance the mission of APC.”