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AOA welcomes Jed Brinton as Vice President of Accreditation, Secretary to COCA

By AOA Staff


Jed Brinton has joined the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) as Vice President of Accreditation, overseeing the AOA’s accreditation program for colleges of osteopathic medicine, in addition to serving as Secretary to the AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

In this role, Brinton will lead, develop and implement strategic initiatives to advance the COCA mission, ensuring the quality of osteopathic undergraduate medical education and advancing the osteopathic profession in service of all stakeholders, including colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic medical students and the overall healthcare community.

Brinton’s experience includes his work as Deputy General Counsel for Postsecondary Education with the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education. His responsibilities included serving as adviser to senior agency leadership on higher education legal issues including statutory interpretation, drafting regulations, litigation risk and management, religious liberty, and foreign gift reporting by institutions.

In addition, Brinton managed litigation processes for higher education, civil rights, and administrative procedure lawsuits and advised senior officials on nonprofit conversions, ethics compliance and accreditation approval. He earned his JD from Yale Law School, and his Bachelor of Science in Biostatistics and Philosophy from Brigham Young University.