April 11, 2011
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HED Names New Director of Program Quality and Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Higher Education for Development (HED) today announced the appointment of Azra K. Nurkic, Ph.D., as its new director of program quality and impact. In her new role, Nurkic will approve performance objectives and data collection procedures, and direct how the organization monitors partnership activities. Her appointment is effective May 2, 2011.

Nurkic brings more than 16 years of experience to HED as a leader in monitoring and evaluation in the international development arena. Her knowledge of country-level development goals across the globe will support HED’s goal to facilitate partnerships that attain wide-scale change in multiple sectors through capacity building.

Nurkic comes to HED from the World Bank where she served as a social development scientist and led the development of monitoring and evaluation systems and data collection processes for indicators in the Eastern European and Central Asia region. She is an expert in managing teams, designing assessments, and training staff for high-quality impact evaluations of programs. Prior work includes responsibility for program quality management at World Learning Inc.,for programs in education and youth development, and at World Vision for global programs in child development and education sector.

“I am honored to join the Higher Education for Development team,” said Nurkic. ”I firmly believe in the transformative power of education and look forward to contributing my passion and skills to support innovative partnerships between U.S. institutions of higher learning and those in developing nations.”

HED Executive Director Tully Cornick, Ph.D., is pleased to welcome Nurkic to the team. “Dr. Nurkic is an expert in her field and has proven her commitment to education at an international level,” Cornick said. “The combination of her work experience, on-the-ground knowledge of country needs and high-caliber work standards makes her an ideal leader to assess and report on HED’s growing portfolio of partnerships.”

Nurkic holds two bachelor’s degrees in Theory of Education and Primary Education, and a Master of Science degree in Primary Education all from the University of Pristina in Kosovo. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at the University of Pecs in Hungary.

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HED mobilizes the expertise and resources of the higher education community to address global development challenges. HED manages a competitive awards process to access expertise with the higher education community in coordination with the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). For more information about HED, visit