HERNDON, VA (Dec. 7, 2017) The National Student Clearinghouse announced today John Ramsey as Chief Information Security Officer, a newly created position, and Kathy McNeill as Chief Enterprise Architect.
As the organization’s senior security officer, Mr. Ramsey is responsible for the overall organizational security strategy, security program oversight and security architecture development, including all data and information security policies, standards, evaluations, roles, and organizational awareness for the Clearinghouse.
Ms. McNeill is responsible for IT architecture across the organization, providing overall direction, guidance, definition, and facilitation for the development of current and future computing architectures required to meet the Clearinghouse’s goals and strategic vision.
“John Ramsey and Kathy McNeill provide the confidence and expertise required to plan for and address our daily security and architecture challenges to best serve our participating secondary and postsecondary institutions and other clients,” said Doug Falk, Chief Information Officer for the National Student Clearinghouse. “It’s valuable to our mission, vision, executive team and board members to have these two leading experts as National Student Clearinghouse staff members.”
Mr. Ramsey was formerly the CISO for the U.S. House of Representatives and members of Congress, which has 950 sites across the entire United States and associated territories. In March 2017, he was selected as one of the top 100 CISOs globally, only one of two government CISOs selected.
He has worked in the IT security field for more than 25 years, including security operations for the Department of the Army and Department of State, and as the CISO for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the world’s largest defined contribution retirement plan at $480 billion for 4.8 million people.
While in the U.S. Army for 11 years, Mr. Ramsey was an intelligence and security analyst with concentrations on Russia, Eurasia, Iraq, and Iran, and served as a senior enlisted security advisor for the NATO military commander at Supreme High Allied Powers in Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star for key security and intelligence initiatives during Operation Desert Storm and received more than 25 commendations for additional security achievements.
Mr. Ramsey holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in management information systems from the University of Central Florida.
Ms. McNeill comes to the Clearinghouse from Solutions Consulting in Arlington, Virginia providing technology consulting, and chief information officer and chief technology officer advisory services to many entities including PBS, QED Group and others.
With more than 15 years of corporate, not-for-profit, and government experience leading budgets of $200 million and more than 200 staff, she has managed or led applications architecture & development, technology leadership and process transformation delivering inventive and innovative technology products that generate business impact, scalability and a high return on investment. Ms. McNeill has vast expertise in enterprise class architecture & systems: mobile, social media, digital, mobile, media operations, SaaS/cloud services, metadata, CRM, ERP, content management, and eCommerce.
During her career, Ms. McNeill has worked for LaserShip, Innovative Solutions Group—CSC, The Broe Group, U.S. Olympic Committee, Transworld Systems, Qwest Communications, Time Warner Communications and Sprint Communications. She also has served as a Board Member with Anant Corp. located in Washington, D.C. and Learning Tree, which is based in Herndon, Virginia.
Ms. McNeill has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree from Webster University.
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.
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 over $750 million 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. The Clearinghouse has signed the Student Privacy Pledge and is the first recipient of ikeepsafe.org’s FERPA compliance badge, which was awarded to its StudentTracker for High Schools service.
For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.