David Rice

Executive Director, Higher Ed Works

David Rice is the Executive Director of Higher Ed Works, which uses digital messaging to build support for North Carolina’s public colleges and universities. His professional background is in journalism and legislation.

David spent 25 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, the last 12 as Raleigh correspondent for the Winston-Salem Journal, covering statewide politics and the NC General Assembly. In the process, he developed a keen understanding of the sometimes-complex state budget.

He then spent seven years with a Raleigh law firm, representing clients on issues before the General Assembly including higher-education funding and education analytics.

He has been the Executive Director of the Higher Ed Works since its inception. David is responsible for developing the organization’s content, scheduling it, conducting and editing video interviews, writing blog posts and editing the weekly newsletter. He also oversees the organization’s disbursements, tax filings and annual audits.