Institutions & Programs

Other Offices of the HECC: Executive Leadership, Operations, and Research

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) state agency is led by Executive Director Ben Cannon, who oversees eight distinct offices described here. In addition to the five office responsible for policy work and funding in specific educational sectors, workforce and financial aidincluding the offices of Community College and Workforce Development (CCWD), Academic Poli​cy and Authorization (APA), Workforce Investments (OWI), and Student Access and Completion (OSAC​)​the HECC is organized in three additional offices responsible for executive leadership, operations, and research across the agency.

Office of the Executive Director 

The Office of the Executive Director carries out th​e central executive role of the agency and serves as a resource for the Commission and HECC offices. Our work includes: legislative and policy development and leadership; coordination of strategic planning; communications; legislative coordination; diversity, equity and inclusion leadership; internal auditing; commission administration; administrative rules; human resources; and convening of state and national stakeholders and partners.  ​Learn more in About Us.


The Office of Operations provides support to all HECC offices in areas including budget, procurement, payroll, accounting, and information technology. Operations assists the agency with developing, allocating and leveraging resources. The office provides leadership, direction and guidance to the Executive Director, office administrators, managers and staff with the development of policies and strategic oversight to meet the agency’s mission in compliance with state policy and federal requirements.​​  

Office of Research & Data

The Office of Research and Data collects, analyzes, and reports research and data on postsecondary education including data on students, courses, demographics, enrollments, academic performance, and academic pathways to comply with state and federal reporting requirements and to inform decisions on the postsecondary education enterprise. For comprehensive information on our work, see the Research section of our website.​