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Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chair of the Advisory Committee, was appointed in 2012 by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve a term that expires in September 2016. Dr. Harper-Marinick is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. She provides oversight for curriculum, academic research, student affairs, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, university relations and transfer articulation, grants development, international education, faculty professional development, high school to college pathways programs, workforce development, and small business development. She also works closely with the Chancellor in three major areas: definition and implementation of the District's strategic plan and allocation of resources; leading initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and building the stature and recognition of the District and its ten colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on national and local boards and advisory committees including Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, Chair; National Community College Hispanic Council, President-Elect; Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, Chair-Elect; American Association for Community Colleges' Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity; American College & University President's Climate Commitment-Academic Committee; Arizona Business and Education Coalition; Arizona Higher Education Engagement and Communication Committee for PARCC; Arizona Public Engagement Task Force; Corporate Voices Community College Advisory Board; Florence Crittenton of Arizona; Getting Ahead Arizona, Policy Review Committee; Latino Advisory Committee and CTE Advisory Committee for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy; and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona as a LASPAU-Fulbright Scholar to attend Arizona State University (ASU). She holds a PhD in educational technology and an MA in instructional media from ASU.

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Ms. Roberta Johnson, Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee, was appointed in 2013 by Senator Tom Harkin to serve a term that expires in September 2016. Roberta is Director of Student Financial Aid at Iowa State University, the first land-grant institution in the United States. She has over thirty years of financial aid experience, starting her career as a Loan Secretary and advancing to positions of Administrative Secretary, Loan Counselor, Loan Coordinator, Assistant Director for Student Loans, Associate Director, and Director. She has held the title of director since 2003. Her involvement in the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Direct Student Loan Coalition includes active participation in committees, leadership roles, and conference presentations. Roberta has a BS in Home Economics Education, a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Counselor Education all from Iowa State University.

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Dr. Andrew Gillen was appointed in 2013 by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to serve a term that expires in September 2017. Andrew is a Senior Researcher in the Education program at American Institutes for Research in Washington DC. His research addresses numerous issues in higher education, including financial aid, the economics of higher education, transparency and accountability, and accreditation. He also teaches economics as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Ohio University, and an MS and PhD in Economics from Florida State University.

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Dr. Fred Hurst was appointed in 2013 by Representative Ann Kirkpatrick to serve a term that expires in September 2016. Dr. Hurst is the Senior Vice President for the Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University. He is known for his leadership in a number of transformative initiatives in American post-secondary education. Most recently, he has led the administrative and faculty teams that have created a ground-breaking "university within a university" at Northern Arizona University through their new Personalized Learning Initiative. Also under Fred's direction, the Northern Arizona University Extended Campuses have developed an innovative accelerated degree program for adult students, growing Extended Campus enrollments to over 7,700 per semester. His career in higher education and technology includes serving as the Founding Executive Director of the Florida Public Postsecondary Distance Learning Institute where he developed "Florida's Campus," a web-based electronic catalog of all of Florida's public higher education distance learning courses and degree programs. In the late 1980s, Hurst and his colleagues helped establish the Educational Network of Maine, one of the country's first statewide educational video networks that served higher education, K-12 education and libraries. He serves the North Central Association (NCA) Higher Learning Commission as a member of the Institutional Actions Council, team chair and consultant-evaluator. He received his PhD in Higher Education Policy and Philanthropic Studies at Union Institute and University, a Master in Public Administration degree at Wichita State University, and master and baccalaureate degrees in Instructional Systems Technology and Telecommunications from Indiana University Bloomington.

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Ms. Patricia McGuire was appointed in 2013 by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve a term that expires in September 2017. Patricia McGuire has been president of Trinity Washington University in Washington DC since 1989. Previously, she was the assistant dean for development and external affairs at Georgetown University Law Center where she was also an adjunct professor of law. She began her career after law school as the project director for the Street Law clinical program at Georgetown. President McGuire serves on a number of boards including the Consortium of Universities, Cafritz Foundation, Community Foundation, College Success Foundation - DC, United Educators, and the Ameritas Holding Company. She writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics in higher education, women's issues, and Catholic education. She holds honorary degrees from several universities and has received recognition in The Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, Washington Business Journal, and other media outlets. In 2007, she was named "Leader of the Years" by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and in 2012, she received the Henry Paley Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She earned her law degree at Georgetown in 1977 and her baccalaureate degree cum laude at Trinity.

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Dr. Michael Poliakoff was appointed in 2013 by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to serve a term that expires in September 2017. Dr. Poliakoff is Vice President of Policy at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in Washington DC. He oversees ACTA's programming and publications and works directly with ACTA's constituents on behalf of higher education reform. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs and research at the University of Colorado and in senior roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council on Teacher Quality, the American Academy for Liberal Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He has taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Hillsdale College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wellesley College. He has also been a junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, and his research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, and the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles in classical studies and education policy and has received the American Philological Association's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Distinguished Service to Education Award. He received his BA magna cum laude from Yale University and went on to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Michigan, where he earned a PhD in classical studies.

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Ms. Deborah Stanley was appointed by the Speaker of the House in 2010 to serve a term that expires in 2014. Ms. Stanley currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid Services at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. She was previously the Director of Financial Aid at the oldest historically black university in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country, Bowie State University, located in Bowie, Maryland. Ms. Stanley has more than 20 years of financial aid experience in both the private and public sectors. Over her career in financial aid, she has served in many capacities, including financial aid counselor, assistant director, and associate director at the University of Baltimore. She is an active member of DE-DC-MD Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Ms. Stanley received her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in administrative management from Bowie State University.

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Ms. Tiffany Taylor was appointed in 2013 by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve a term that expires in September 2017. She graduated from the University of Chicago with three majors and as a student marshal, the highest undergraduate academic honor. During her undergraduate years, she founded two non-profits and studied and conducted research abroad in France, China, South Africa, South Korea, Zambia, and Tanzania. She was also a Fulbright Research Fellow in New Delhi, Zambia. She is currently the United States Youth Observer to the United Nations, a Delegate representing the United States at the 58th session for the Commission on the Status of Women, and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Graduate Fellow at Columbia University.

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Mrs. Sharon Wurm was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2010 to serve a term that expires in 2014. Mrs. Wurm has had a lengthy career in student financial aid, and in June of 2011 rejoined the staff at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) as the Director of Financial Aid. In her current position, she oversees financial aid, scholarships, student employment, and veterans educational services. Mrs. Wurm has 22 years of experience in financial aid with the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), most recently working for five years at the NSHE System Administration Office as Director of Financial Aid. Prior to working at the System Administration Office, she worked for ten years at TMCC and for seven years at the University of Nevada, Reno, all in financial aid. In addition to her financial aid responsibilities, she serves as the campus-wide functional co-lead for TMCC's PeopleSoft system, as the Nevada State Liaison for Complete College America, and as a member of the Nevada Statewide ACT Council. She is a member of several financial aid associations, and volunteers with the local Boys & Girls Club, helping low-income youth access college and apply for financial aid and scholarships, as well as serving as a mentor under their "Be Great Graduate" program. Mrs. Wurm holds an MS in counseling and educational psychology and a BS in business administration (computer information systems emphasis), both from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been married for 28 years to her husband Mike, and they have two children, Megan, a college freshman, and Zach, a high school sophomore. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to sporting events, and is an avid reader.

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