National Council Board
Demarée Michelau
Demaree Michelau

Demarée Michelau

President Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Demarée K. Michelau was appointed in November 2018 as the eighth president in the 65-year-history of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), overseeing WICHE's 65-member staff from its offices in Boulder, Colo. Previously she was WICHE's vice president of policy analysis and research, a role in which she managed WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit and oversaw externally-funded projects related to projections of high school graduates, closing postsecondary attainment gaps, and the development of a multistate longitudinal data exchange. The author of numerous reports and policy briefs, she has experience in a variety of higher education policy issues, including those related to equity and attainment, strategic planning, adult learners, articulation and transfer, accelerated learning options, college affordability, workforce linkages, and K-16 reform. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Previously, she held positions with the National Conference of State Legislatures and with former Colorado Congressman David Skaggs. Michelau received her bachelor’s degree in public law from Northern Illinois University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.