PHEAA Welcomes Timothy R. Thyreen to Board of Directors

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Harrisburg, PA (June 15, 2011)—PHEAA announced today that Timothy R. Thyreen, President of Waynesburg University, has been confirmed by the State Senate to be appointed to PHEAA's Board of Directors.

Mr. Thyreen has served as President of Waynesburg University since 1990, guiding the university into a leadership role among Christian liberal arts institutions in scholarship, global learning initiatives and service. Under Thyreen's leadership, Waynesburg was the first higher education institution in Pennsylvania to host the Bonner Scholars Program, a community service scholarship funded through the Corella and Bertrum F. Bonner Foundation.

"I look forward to working with other Board members to improve educational opportunities and expand financial assistance for the students of Pennsylvania," said Thyreen. "I am confident that my years of experience in higher education will prove beneficial as we address the many issues facing Pennsylvania students, families and schools."

Thyreen has served as Chair of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (AICUP), the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges & Universities, the Pennsylvania Campus Compact, American Universities in Russia, Ukraine and the New Independent States and the President's Athletic Conference.

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

Additionally, Thyreen serves on the Bonner Scholar President's Advisory Board, the National Wildlife Federation Campus Advisory Council, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Board and the Greene County Industrial Development Board.

"It is important that our Board includes knowledgeable representation from different elements of the higher education community," said Senator Wayne Fontana, PHEAA Board Vice Chairman. "This helps to give our Board the depth needed to address the ever changing needs of our students, especially during such difficult economic times."

President Thyreen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from North Park College and his Master of Science degree in Education from Duquesne University. Thyreen lives in Waynesburg with his wife of 45 years, Carolyn. They have three children and six grandchildren.