PHEAA Welcomes Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. to Board of Directors

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Harrisburg, PA (June 15, 2011)—PHEAA announced today that Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. has been confirmed by the State Senate to be appointed to PHEAA's Board of Directors.

Representing the 1st Senatorial District of Pennsylvania (South Philadelphia, Center City, Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River), Senator Farnese has been serving his community since first elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2008.

Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee and is a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

"I have long been an advocate of economic development in the Commonwealth," said Senator Farnese. "One of the best ways to ensure the future economic vitality of Pennsylvania is to maintain a highly-skilled workforce through access to affordable higher education. I look forward to helping to further those efforts as a member of the PHEAA Board."

"We welcome Senator Farnese to the Board," said Representative William Adolph, PHEAA Board Chairman. "He will bring a fresh perspective to our Board that will help us in our efforts to address various issues facing the students, families and postsecondary schools of Pennsylvania."

Senator Farnese earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Villanova University and graduated from Temple University's Beasley School of Law in 1994.

"Senator Farnese's appointment to the PHEAA Board will allow him to become a stronger advocate for Pennsylvania students, families and schools—especially in regard to ensuring access to affordable higher education," said Senator Wayne Fontana, PHEAA Board Vice Chairman. "I look forward to working with the Senator as we address the diverse and evolving needs of our students and the higher education community."

The Senator is a member of the Pennsylvania Housing Authority and serves on the Board of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. He also serves on the Board of Casa Farnese, the first affordable senior housing complex in Philadelphia, founded by the Senator's grandfather in 1966. Senator Farnese also volunteers his time and support to many charities and public service organizations.

Senator Farnese resides in Center City Philadelphia.