Mike Goldstein is the founder and Co-Chair of Dow Lohnes’ Higher Education industry practice, where he leads a group of more than twenty lawyers and professionals devoted exclusively to serving several hundred clients in the postsecondary sector, including public, independent and for-profit institutions, national, state and regional organizations, institutional and professional accrediting commissions, courseware developers, service providers, lenders and many of the private equity groups active in the field.
Mike has been a pioneer in the development and rational regulation of higher education in general and online learning in particular, and in the creation of innovative approaches to combining the resources and interests of the non-profit, public and for-profit postsecondary communities. He has served on numerous panels and committees on a variety of higher education issues, including as an expert member of the UNESCO-CHEA Task Force on Degree Mills and as a member of the National Advisory Panel for the enactment of the State Authorization Reciprocity Act. He has long served as General Counsel to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) as well as in the past as general counsel to other higher education organizations, including the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He is the author of the chapter on Legal Issues in the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning as well as many papers and chapters in professional journals and publications and is a frequent speaker at higher education conferences. He is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fielding Graduate University and vice chair of the Board of Directors of Education Sector, a Washington, DC public policy research organization.
Prior to joining Dow Lohnes to organize the firm’s higher education industry practice, he was Assistant City Administrator and Director of University Relations in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, and then served Associate Vice Chancellor for Urban and Governmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Urban Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mike has been a member of the Friendship Fire Association (FFA), the volunteer branch of Washington, DC's Fire & EMS Department, for 25 years. FFA responds to public safety emergencies in DC, providing medical rehabilitation services.