Dr. Joel Harrell, Ed.D.
Dr. Harrell serves as the Director of the Small/Under-Resourced Schools Division, U.S. Department of Education, and Federal Student Aid. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing special services, training and technical assistance to Historically Black College and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities that participate in the Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs. He also oversees services provided to other Title IV participating institutions that have been defined by Federal Student Aid as Under-Resourced Institutions.
Dr. Harrell earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, with honors, from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi State University in Mississippi. Dr. Harrell completed additional graduate work at Memphis State University and the Atlanta University Center. Dr. Harrell has extensive experience in higher education administration, having served in senior administrative positions in a range of educational institutions, including mainstream and diverse academic institutions.