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The National Student Clearinghouse has a longstanding commitment to being a trusted agent and partner to the secondary and postsecondary institutions that we serve, as well as the education finance industry, government agencies, and other organizations that rely on our services. In order to ensure that we continue to provide information and services that meet the needs of the nation's education community, the Clearinghouse seeks insight and guidance from our boards of directors and advisory committees, who represent multiple disciplines across the constituents we serve. Under the direction of our president, the Clearinghouse's knowledgeable and accomplished executive management team is responsible for all operational areas, services, research initiatives, and client support.

Management Team

Our senior management team is comprised of experienced and dedicated professionals committed to providing high quality services to the organizations that rely on the Clearinghouse.

Ricardo D. Torres

Ricardo D. Torres
President and CEO
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Tracie MacMahon

Tracie MacMahon
Chief Operating Officer
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Janine Greenwood

Janine Greenwood
General Counsel
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Doug Falk

Doug Falk
Chief Information Officer
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George Levathes

George Levathes
Vice President, Operations
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Dave Pelham

Dr. W. David Pelham
Vice President, Higher Education Development and Client Relations
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Doug Shapiro

Dr. Doug Shapiro
Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
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Roberta Hyland

Roberta Hyland
Assistant Vice President, Research Operations & International Development
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James Kathman

James Kathman
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
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Boards of Directors

Clearinghouse Board of Directors



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 makeup of the Clearinghouse's board reflects its status as a trusted, neutral, and reliable source for educational information and services.

Clearinghouse Research Center Board of Directors



The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse and is governed by a board of directors who are experienced in higher education, including education research and policy.

Advisory Committees

The National Student Clearinghouse has a longstanding commitment to being a trusted agent and partner to the secondary and postsecondary institutions that we serve. In order to ensure that we continue to provide information and services that meet the needs of the nation's education community, the Clearinghouse seeks insight and guidance from our advisory committees.

Clearinghouse Advisory Committee (CAC)

  • V. Shelby Stanfield, Chairman of the Committee, Vice Provost and University Registrar, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Elizabeth Acree, Registrar, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Robert Fitzgerald, University Registrar, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • John Fletcher, Associate Provost for Enrollment Services, East Carolina University
  • Veronica Garcia, Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Portland Community College
  • Jay Goff, Vice President, Division of Enrollment and Retention Management, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
  • Darin Hobbs, University Registrar, Western Governors University
  • George Levathes, Ex Officio (Committee Liaison), Vice President, National Student Clearinghouse, Herndon, VA
  • Mike Lorenz, Executive Director, Adademic Records and Registrar, Kaplan University
  • Stephen Pritz, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Registrar, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • William Serrata, President, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX
  • Dawn Terkla, Associate Provost, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Data Access Advisory Committee (DAAC)

The Data Access Advisory Committee guides the Clearinghouse in its use of data as a neutral information provider, reviewing the Clearinghouse's data system, security policies, and role in research analysis. The seven-member committee is comprised of education professionals who have extensive experience in student database management, research, and risk management.

  • Doug Shapiro, Chairman of the Committee, Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, Herndon, VA
  • Chris Broughton, Senior Director of College Initiatives, Cristo Rey Network, Chicago, IL
  • Donald Hossler, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
  • Shane Karcz, Director, Office of Enrollment Research Northeastern University. Boston, MA
  • Hans L'Orange, Vice President, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), Boulder, CO
  • Craig Schoenecker, System Director for Research, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Paul, MN
  • Peter Smith, PhD, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategies and Development, Kaplan University, Fort Lauderdale, FL