Dr. Greg Ebner is assistant commissioner of academic affairs and student success for the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner. A retired brigadier general of the United States Army, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned into the aviation branch. His first assignments were to aviation and cavalry units. He changed career concentration to that of a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with a regional focus on the Middle East, completing Arabic studies at the Defense Language Institute, California. He earned a master’s degree in modern Middle Eastern and North African studies from the University of Michigan. Following completion of FAO training, he served as chief of several analytic cells and as an operating base executive officer in Mosul and Irbil, Iraq. After a tour as an instructor of Arabic at West Point, he was appointed as professor and deputy head of the department of foreign languages and earned a doctorate in Arabic with a focus on applied linguistics from the University of Texas. He was named head of the department of foreign languages and member of the academic board at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Dr. Ebner has served as a language professor and director of the language center at University of Rhode Island. His responsibilities include budgeting, expenditure control, strategic financial planning, and program evaluation as well as overseeing Rhode Island’s system-wide postsecondary financial strategy; public investment into postsecondary education; state policies and procedures for the implementation of the state’s higher education funding plan; and coordination of the evaluation of the public investment into postsecondary education.