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National Student Clearinghouse Announces Corporate and Research Center Board Members for 2013-2014 Term

Composition Reflects Clearinghouse Commitment to Serving the Full K-20 Education Spectrum

HERNDON, VA, JULY 16, 2013 – The National Student Clearinghouse® and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center have elected new members to their boards of directors for the 2013-2014 term. The Clearinghouse board added six new members and the Research Center board added two.

Drawing membership from institutions and organizations serving both secondary and postsecondary education, the composition of its boards reflects the Clearinghouse’s growing importance as an information and service provider to the full K-20 education spectrum. The boards will uphold and expand upon the Clearinghouse’s mission to serve the education community by facilitating the exchange and understanding of student enrollment, performance, and related information.

On its corporate board, the Clearinghouse continues to attract individuals who are widely recognized as experts and influencers in their respective fields within the education community and associated industries. Current corporate board members are as follows, with new members indicated (*).

Dr. Paul Lingenfelter (Chair) – President, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Ms. Carolyn Ainslie (Vice Chair) – Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Princeton University
Dr. Sandy Baum* – Senior Fellow, George Washington University / Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Dr. Steven Brooks* – Executive Director, North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
Dr. Walter Bumphus – CEO, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Dr. Daniel Domenech – Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Mr. James Ronald Gambill – Chairman/CEO, Educational Funding of the South
Dr. Brice Harris* – Chancellor, California Community Colleges
Ms. Heather Kim* – Associate Vice President, University of Wisconsin System
Mr. Thomas Levandowski, Esq. – Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company
Ms. Sue McMillin – President and CEO, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Ms. Deborah Santiago – Vice President for Policy and Research, Excelencia in Education
Mr. V. Shelby Stanfield* – Vice Provost and Registrar, University of Texas at Austin
Mr. Mark Voegele – President, 5280 Solutions LLC
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan* – President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s board of directors has helped it evolve into a high profile and leading provider of education research. The Research Center has become an essential resource on student outcomes for institutional researchers and policymakers, Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, state and regional governments, the media, and the public. Its board members are prominent, highly respected experts within the education research and policy fields.

Current Research Center board members are as follows, with new member indicated (*).

Dr. Daniel Domenech (Chair) – Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Dr. Sandy Baum* – Senior Fellow, George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Dr. Walter Bumphus – CEO, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Dr. Joni Finney – Practice Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Mr. James Ronald Gambill* – Chairman/CEO, Education Funding of the South
Dr. Keith J. Jepsen – President, Global Student Loan Corporation
Mr. David Laird – Former President, Minnesota Private College Council
Dr. Paul Lingenfelter – President, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO)
Dr. Susanna Loeb – Director, Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice, Stanford University
Dr. Jerome A. Lucido – Executive Director, USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice
Ms. Deborah Santiago – Vice President for Policy and Research, Excelencia in Education

“Drawing from a diverse group of education experts, our boards are well positioned to help move the Clearinghouse ahead in a period of rapid change and growth in education,” stated Rick Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse. “Through our board structures and members, our core services of compliance reporting, academic verifications, transcript ordering, and student outcomes research are well represented. Our boards play a key role as the Clearinghouse expands its value proposition to the education community. Their input over time has helped create a $400 million annual economic value to the education community. The great news is that there is much more to do and we have board members who are passionate about what we do, our potential to do more, and helping us to accomplish our mission.”

Echoing these thoughts, Clearinghouse board chair, Paul Lingenfelter, who will end 13 years as president of SHEEO in August, stated, “The board continues to reflect our individual commitments, as well as that of the Clearinghouse, to supporting all stages of education. We are pleased to serve the Clearinghouse and the education community in new ways.”

“We are fulfilling needs to expand the Clearinghouse’s capabilities to support the entire education continuum, K-20,” said Dr. Daniel Domenech, Research Center board chair and Executive Director, AASA. “With our board of experts, we have the reach and depth to support Clearinghouse expansion.”

About the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse. The Research Center collaborates with higher education institutions, states, school districts, high schools, and educational organizations as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers. Through accurate longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the Research Center enables better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes.

To learn more, visit http://research.studentclearinghouse.org.

About the National Student Clearinghouse®
The National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit formed in 1993) is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 700 million verification requests and 250 million education record exchanges annually. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively nearly 500 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

In addition, the Clearinghouse provides accurate, timely enrollment and degree verifications to student loan providers, employers, student credit issuers, the U.S. Department of Education, and others who access its registry more than half a billion times annually.

For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.

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