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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, which represent multiple disciplines across the constituents we serve. Under the direction of our CEO and 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 executive management team is comprised of experienced and dedicated professionals committed to providing high-quality services to the organizations and users that rely on the Clearinghouse.

Ricardo “Rick” Torres
President and CEO

Christopher “Chris” Goodson
Chief Growth Officer

Mary Chapin
Chief Legal Officer

Tony Chiles
Chief Technology and Information Officer

Doug Falk
VP and Deputy Chief Technology and Information Officer

Roberta Hyland
VP and Chief Data Officer

Bridget Sedlock
Chief People Officer

Melba Amissi
VP, Corporate Strategy, Marketing & Communications, and Customer Experience

Larry Hatch
VP, Strategic Partners, Business Solutions, and Verification Services

David G. Payne, Ph.D.
VP, Learner Insights

Cameron Watt
VP, Sales, Education Solutions

Doug Shapiro, Ph.D.
VP, Research and Executive Director,
Research Center

Boards of Directors

Clearinghouse Board of Directors

The 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.

Research Center Board of Directors

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

Clearinghouse Advisory Committee

The services offered by the Clearinghouse have been provided at the request of our participating institutions to enable them to better serve their students. Our advisory committee meet several times a year to provide feedback to the Clearinghouse on ways to improve our existing services and recommend new areas of development.

  • Sean McTighe, Ex Officio (Committee Liaison), Executive Director, Title IV Compliance & Data Intake Operations, National Student Clearinghouse
  • Robert Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Committee, University Registrar, Brown University
  • Keisha Campbell, University Registrar, Morgan State University
  • Kelley Christman, Registrar, Aims Community College
  • Christopher Cobb, University Registrar, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Amy Hammett, University Registrar and Director of Student Information Systems & Services, Case Western Reserve University
  • Venesa Heidick, University Registrar, Texas A&M University
  • Mike Hutley, College Registrar, Santa Fe College
  • Leslie Quinn, Dean of Enrollment Services, Johnson County Community College
  • Paul Robinson, Associate Vice Provost and University Registrar, University of Michigan
  • Patrick Sullivan, University Registrar, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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