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Oct. 1, 2003 – No. 508


Following is contact information for a wide range of national and North Carolina sources who can comment on the Carolina Covenant, the financial aid initiative for low-income students announced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

National Sources

From Higher Education-Related Organizations

Dr. Patrick Callan, president, National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education, (408) 792-3140, The center promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. It is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

Dr. Jerry S. Davis, vice president for research, Lumina Foundation for Education, (317) 951-5763, Davis is a longtime researcher studying higher education and student aid issues. The private, independent foundation aims to expand access and success in postsecondary education. Its activities include sponsoring an annual national research conference on student aid.

Dr. Brian Fitzgerald, staff director, Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, (202) 219-2099, Fitzgerald provided national leadership on low-income student access to higher education issues. His organizing efforts led to publication of two landmark studies on student aid and related issues: "Access Denied" and "Empty Promises: The Myth of College Access in America."

Dr. Don Heller, associate professor and senior research associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, (814) 865-9756, Heller conducts research and writes about student aid and higher education issues. He is the author of two new related reports scheduled for release this week that are sponsored by the Lumina Foundation and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

Dr. William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor, University of Maryland system, (301) 445-1901. Kirwan was among invited higher education representatives participating Tuesday in a roundtable hosted by U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Kirwan serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education. He also was on the College Board’s National Dialogue on Student Aid, which addressed the needs of low-income students.

Dr. David Longanecker, executive director, Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, (303) 541-0201, He is a former deputy assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the U.S. Department of Education and the former state higher education executive in Colorado. His expertise includes student aid and higher education financing and he is conducting current related studies funded by the Lumina Foundation.

Sue O’Flaherty, president of the Coalition of State University Aid Administrators, (269) 387-6037, The coalition represents public institutions with an enrollment of 10,000 students or more. She is a longtime member of the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance and is currently executive Director of Student Services at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Ed St. John, director, Indiana Education Policy Center, (812) 855-0107, St. John is among the best-known authors in U.S. higher education on the effects of student aid packages on academic persistence and success.

Dr. David Ward, president, American Council on Education, (202) 939-9310, ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

Also from the ACE, Dr. Jacqueline King, director, Center for Policy Analysis, (202) 939-9559, King has been a lead expert on federal and state policy and student aid. She also has conducted extensive research on the effects of working part time while attending college.

From Other Universities

Dr. Sandy Baum, professor of economics, Skidmore College, (617) 734-0851, (518) 369-3774 (cell), Baum has published extensively on student financial aid, access and higher education financing. He is a longtime consultant to the College Board on these issues.

Don Betterton, director of scholarships and student aid, Princeton University, (609) 258-3330, He is a longtime aid administrator who crafted Princeton’s program, which reduced loans to low-income students several years ago.

Anna Griswold, assistant vice provost for enrollment management and student aid, The Pennsylvania State University, (814) 863-0507,

Natala (Tally) Hart, director of financial aid, The Ohio State University, (614) 688-5712, She is formerly with The College Board.

North Carolina Sources

Dr. Steven Brooks, executive director, North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, (919) 248-4644, A native North Carolinian, Brooks is the leading authority on student aid in North Carolina; his agency administers all state-funded student and programs and is the guarantor of student loans.

Karen Greeson, guidance counselor, Harding High School, Charlotte, (980) 343-6007. Greeson can discuss the importance of access to higher education to families in North Carolina as well as her role in helping students and parents navigate the financial aid process.

Marrius Pettiford, guidance counselor, Southeast Raleigh High School, Raleigh, (919) 856-2863. Pettiford can discuss higher education access and financial aid issues from the perspective of North Carolina students and families.

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