Jane Oates ’83M.Ed., former assistant labor secretary for employment and training for the U.S. Department of Labor, started a new job as vice president for external affairs with the Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix, as reported by Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fein.
At Apollo Oates will continue her focus on helping connect employers with work-force training programs. She said her primary concern is making sure that job seekers “have the skills that employers want.”
She will represent Phoenix, which is the nation’s largest for-profit, as well as Apollo’s additional holdings, including Western International University and other institutions that operate overseas. She will not manage the company’s government affairs and lobbying operations, said an Apollo spokesman.