National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Announce New Board Leaders and Members

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National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Announce New Board Leaders and Members

HERNDON, VA (JULY 6, 2022) – The National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center announced today new board chairs, vice chairs, and members to each of their respective Board of Directors. The appointments include:

  • Michael Collins, Vice President at Jobs for the Future, as the Clearinghouse’s board chair;
  • Debra Chromy, President and CEO of the Trellis Company, as the Clearinghouse’s board vice chair and newly appointed to the Research Center’s board of directors;
  • A. Hope Williams, President of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, as board chair of the Research Center;
  • Sharon Morrissey, Senior Vice Chancellor, Academic & Workforce Programs at Virginia Community College System, as the vice chair of the Research Center’s board of directors; and
  • Sam Sudhakar, Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services at California State University, San Bernardino, joined the Clearinghouse’s board of directors.

“The Clearinghouse’s support of our k20w stakeholders continues to evolve reflecting the very clear transformation of the education to workforce continuum and the very integrated role that traditional, non-traditional and workplace learning have in enabling the path to learner successful outcomes,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse. “Our new board leadership team will be leading a Board that is completely aligned behind our mission of serving the education, workforce, and learner communities through a national, data, reporting, and insight generating infrastructure and platform. We also welcome Dr. Sam Sudhakar to our Board and look forward to gaining from his wealth of experience as an innovative technologist and futurist.

“In addition, our Research Center board leaders will continue to ensure that the Research Center is a trusted source for the latest enrollment, transfer and completion trends and serve as a starting point for stakeholders to explore how to do better with the learners they serve through sector specific benchmarking and analysis.”

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.

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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