For immediate release: Friday, November 7, 2008
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Labor Scholar and Unionist Named Provost at National Labor College

Silver Spring, MD National Labor College president William E. Scheuerman announced today the appointment of Dr. Thomas J. Kriger as the College’s new vice president of academic affairs and provost. Kriger takes over for Dr. Patricia Greenfield who will be stepping down December 1st and will return to a faculty teaching post. Greenfield served as vice president and provost since 2003.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Kriger will take on this critical position at the National Labor College,” said Scheuerman. “In Tom we have both a labor scholar who possesses a superior understanding of labor, its history and role in our society, and an outstanding unionist who has served the labor movement for more than ten years. I also want to thank Pat Greenfield, the College’s first provost, for her years of dedication taking our academic programs to their current state of excellence.”

After earning his Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate School of the City University of New York in 1994, Kriger began his academic career as assistant professor in government at Saint Lawrence University. He has also held professorships at Providence College and the University of Northern Colorado. In 1998, Kriger was named director of research and legislation for the United University Professions (UUP), the largest higher education union in the country representing more than 30,000 faculty and staff of the State University of New York. Kriger went on to serve as assistant to the president of UUP, Dr. William E. Scheuerman, until Scheuerman’s appointment as president of the National Labor College in December 2007. Kriger was then appointed associate budget director for research and policy for the State University of New York.  Kriger is the author of numerous scholarly articles and professional publications, and is on the editorial board of WORKING USA and Collective Bargaining in the Academy. He is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

The NLC, established as a training center by AFL-CIO in 1969 to strengthen union member education and organizing skills, is now the nation’s only accredited higher education institution devoted exclusively to educating union leaders, members and activists. The NLC became a degree granting college in 1997. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent, regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.