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Clearinghouse, Research Center Announce New Board Members

Jun 23, 2017 | Announcements, Media Center, Press Releases

HERNDON, VA (June 23, 2017) – The National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center announced today new members to each of their board of directors for the 2017-2018 term.

In addition, the Clearinghouse’s board elected Dr. Steven Brooks, Executive Director (retired), North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, as Chairperson of the board; and Natalie Krawitz, (retired) University of Missouri System, Educational Institutions, as Vice Chairperson of the board. The Research Center’s board selected Dr. Monty Sullivan, System President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, as Chairperson of the board; and Michael Collins, Vice President, Building Educational Pathways, Jobs for the Future, as Vice Chairperson of the board.

“The National Student Clearinghouse board of directors is delighted to welcome our new members, each of whom possesses the technical expertise, educational experience, and commitment to the fair and secure collection and use of student data that has been the hallmark of the Clearinghouse since its inception,” said Dr. Steven Brooks, Chairperson of the board, National Student Clearinghouse. “Our board is strengthened by their addition, and we are confident that these new members will enhance our mission as the nation’s trusted source for student data and research.”

“The National Student Clearinghouse and the Research Center are very fortunate to have boards whose members are engaged thought leaders who are passionate about education and will add to informing our strategy and direction as we advance our unique, education service mission,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse. “Our new board members represent the tradition and diversity of our mission to education. We are grateful for their willingness to serve and look forward to engaging as they bring their talent and skills to the Clearinghouse and the Research Center as we continue to meet the evolving needs of the education community.”

The new Clearinghouse board members are:

Dr. Archie Cubarrubia, Vice Provost, Institutional Effectiveness, Miami Dade College

Vincent Grimard, Chief Security Officer, Nelnet Inc.

Mary Kennard, Vice President and General Counsel, American University

Patrick Perry, Chief Information Officer, California State University

The new Research Center board members are:

Dr. Sean “Jack” P. Buckley, Senior Vice President, American Institutes for Research

Dr. Archie Cubarrubia, Vice Provost, Institutional Effectiveness, Miami Dade College, who also serves on the Clearinghouse board

Dr. A. Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

The National Student Clearinghouse is governed by a board of directors comprised of a cross-section of the constituencies that it serves, including representatives from educational institutions, educational associations, and the education finance industry. The Clearinghouse’s board reflects its status as a trusted, neutral, and reliable source for educational information and services. Membership of the Clearinghouse’s and Research Center’s board of directors can be found on our Leadership web page.

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’s FERPA compliance badge, which was awarded to its StudentTracker for High Schools service.

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