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HERNDON, VA – MAY 18, 2023 – The National Student Clearinghouse announced today that David G. Payne will join as the new Vice President of Learner Insights. David’s responsibility will be to drive the organization’s unification and growth of several products and services into one vertical business division, Learner Insights. In this industry-facing role, David will be responsible for the strategic future growth of division products and services, including the acquisition of new and improved products and services.

“We welcome David as part of the Clearinghouse’s strategic leadership team,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse. “David is a dynamic, collaborative, and visionary leader with deep knowledge of the higher education and employment markets. He will help us achieve growth and innovation with our product offerings by viewing and positioning them through a strong customer lens and ensuring that – through the learner insights we provide – we remain focused on our mission.”

“As a first-generation college student, I understand the transformative power of education,” said David Payne. I am excited to bring my experience as a research-active faculty member, administrator, and educational assessment business leader to this new role. I look forward to working with my team, the Clearinghouse’s Board of Directors, and the Research Center Board of Directors to provide strategic direction for the organization, deepen client satisfaction, and drive innovation in the education sector.”

Before joining the National Student Clearinghouse, David served as Senior Strategic Advisor, Solutions at JFF Labs, Jobs for the Future. Prior to that position, he spent several years at Educational Testing Services (ETS), where he served in various roles, from Associate Vice President to Global Higher Education Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as Chairman of ETS Global B.V. and ETS International Holdings Limited.

David was a professor, the Psychology Department Chair, Vice Provost, and Graduate Dean at Binghamton University – SUNY in Binghamton, New York. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Purdue University. In addition, he holds a Master of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, both from State University of New York College at Cortland.

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. Besides working with nearly 3,600 postsecondary institutions, the Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Education partners throughout the nation trust the National Student Clearinghouse because they know we take our commitment to student privacy very seriously. We have maintained the confidentiality and privacy of the student records in our care since our beginning in 1993. The Clearinghouse is scrupulous in its concern for student privacy and compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects students’ privacy rights in their education records. For more details, visit