About WHES

The Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES) was formed in 1962 to serve as a voluntary forum for Chief Executive Officers of national higher education associations. The Secretariat is composed of chief executives from approximately fifty associations, each of which serves a significant sector or function in postsecondary education. Membership is by election of current members.


The primary purposes of the Secretariat are:

WHES is coordinated by the office of the President of the American Council on Education (ACE).