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EPI Welcomes New Senior Researcher

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA —March 27, 2015 — Virginia based Educational Policy Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Lee Holcombe to the organization as a senior research associate.

Dr. Lee Holcombe has managed and conducted quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation since 2008, working collaboratively with nationally recognized experts to improve education across the K16 continuum. Most recently, he served as Research Fellow at the Ray Marshall Center at the University of Texas at Austin where his work focused on affordability of higher education as well as the relationship between state policy and civic education in higher education.  Dr. Holcombe also served as Director of the Texas Higher Education Policy Institute, an in-house policy research center at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. His work provided critical input to policymakers in their efforts to meet the goals of the state’s higher education plan. He worked with stakeholders to identify critical research needs, developed action plans to respond to the identified needs, and presented results to stakeholders from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the state legislature, and the Governor’s Office. The areas of inquiry cut across the higher education spectrum, examples of which include improving developmental education, increasing participation and success among traditionally underrepresented groups, increasing efficiency and productivity, improving the effective distribution of state grant dollars, and developing a strategic model to estimate what higher education should cost.

Dr. Holcombe began his career in education as a secondary math teacher in El Paso, Texas. He was awarded his doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. Prior to starting his career in education, Dr. Holcombe served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.

He has been active in the community in multiple capacities. He has volunteered his education expertise to school districts, charter schools, and community organizations in their attempts to improve education, lectured to classes at a number of universities, and worked with city and community leaders to recognize and leverage the value of diversity in community development. Most recently, Dr. Holcombe spends much of his free time devoted to being a den leader for the Cub Scouts of America.

In his new role at EPI, Dr. Holcombe will work in both K-12 and Higher Education arenas, using his history and knowledge to help build new projects and work collaboratively with other organizations. He can be reached at

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