Harris Miller Resigns as CEO of For-Profit Colleges Group

Harris N. Miller resigned as chief executive and president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the industry group representing for- profit colleges in the U.S.

Miller’s resignation is effective today, the group’s board said in an e-mailed statement. Brian Moran, the association’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, will serve as interim president.

Miller, 59, came to the trade group in February 2007 after losing the 2006 Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia to James Webb. The Education Department on June 2 published its “gainful employment” rules that restrict government funds for education companies. Miller’s group led a lobbying campaign against the rules, which were softened from a draft version released last year.

The push to defeat the rules “brought all the resources of our sector together, and it included a lot of support from people in the minority community and the business community,” Miller said today in an interview. “We put maximum effort into representing the students.”

The Bloomberg U.S. For-Profit Education Index of 13 companies fell less than 1 percent at 3:20 p.m. New York time.

Jacquelyn Muller, a spokeswoman for Education Management Co., Kent Jenkins, a spokesman for Corinthian Colleges Inc. (COCO), and Mark Spencer, a spokesman for Career Education Corp., declined to comment. Lauren Littlefield, a spokeswoman for ITT Education Services Inc., and Ron Iori, a spokesman for the Washington Post Co.’s Kaplan Higher Education business, didn’t immediately respond to e-mails.

Apollo Group Inc. (APOL), owner of the University of Phoenix and the biggest U.S. for-profit college, isn’t a member of the group.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonathan Kaufman at jkaufman17@bloomberg.net

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