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Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr., Re-elected Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance


November, 11, 2007, Nashville TN – The advisory committee on Student Financial Assistance re-elected Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr., president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, as their Vice Chair.
   In the fall of 2005, Pressnell was appointed to his second three-year term on the Advisory Committee by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). The Advisory Committee serves as the independent, bi-partisan source on student financial aid policy by providing advice and counsel to Congress and the Secretary of Education.
   Pressnell has over 20 years experience in higher education. He has an extensive background focusing on financial aid issues, having held several positions in admissions and financial aid at Belmont University and Southwest Baptist University. Pressnell also serves as a national and international advisor on higher education reform.
   “I am honored to be asked to serve in this capacity for another year,” Pressnell said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to improve financial aid policies that ensure individuals have access to the college that best serves their needs.”
   The Advisory Committee was established by Congress with the enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1986, and includes eleven members who serve three-year terms. Members are appointed by leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and by the Secretary of Education.
   To learn more about the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, please visit http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/acsfa/edlite-index.html.
   TICUA engages Tennessee’s private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens. For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at www.ticua.org.