Leaders Convene In DC for Sen. Brown's Fifth Annual Ohio College and University Presidents Conference

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 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened his fifth annual college and university presidents conference in Washington, D.C. today with more than 50 presidents from colleges and universities across Ohio. Brown’s forum – the first of its kind – is aimed at connecting educators with business leaders to advance regional economic development.

“Our fifth annual conference builds on our state’s legacy of linking education with economic prosperity, which in turn creates a stronger middle class. Ohio’s two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education are producing the next generation of scientist and lawyers, mathematicians and teachers.  It is their work, and commitment to strengthening the entire pipeline from cradle to career that will ensure our economy – and the nation – continue to grow and succeed.  That’s why this annual conference is so important,” Brown said.

“This conference connects college and university presidents with education experts and state and federal officials who can help provide the resources to both open the door of opportunity to Ohioans seeking an education, and ensure they graduate with the skills needed to lead in the 21st century,” Brown added.

“Ensuring that no student is denied access to postsecondary training due to lack of financial resources is an economic development issue and one that will determine the success of our collective futures,” said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. “The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators commends Senator Brown for convening this conference of higher education stakeholders to examine how we can best provide students postsecondary opportunities and help them succeed.

Brown invited several special guests to address the forum, including Mark Zuckerman, Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Jamie Merisotis, President of the Lumina Foundation, Stan Heffner, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals at 2,800 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. Each year, financial aid professionals help more than 16 million students receive funding for post secondary education. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.