PHEAA Welcomes Senator Mike Folmer to Board of Directors

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Harrisburg, PA (February 21, 2013)—PHEAA announced today that Senator Mike Folmer has been appointed to its Board of Directors by President Pro Tempore, Senator Joseph Scarnati.

Senator Folmer has been serving the community since first elected to the Lebanon City Council in 1986. Currently, representing the 48th Senate District (Lebanon County and parts of Berks, Chester, Dauphin and Lancaster counties), he has served in the Pennsylvania Senate since 2006.

Senator Folmer serves as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee. Other committee assignments include Inter-Governmental Operations; State Government; Communications and Technology; Rules and Executive Nominations; and Urban Affairs and Housing.

Senator Folmer's new position on the PHEAA Board of Directors provides him with the opportunity to encourage students to continue their education and to help guide them in affording it while avoiding unnecessary debt.

"I understand the important role that higher education plays in the lives of our citizens and to the development of a quality workforce in the Commonwealth. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to help students and families across Pennsylvania reach their higher education and career goals," said Senator Folmer. "I look forward to helping to further those efforts as a member of the PHEAA Board of Directors."

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

A resident of Lebanon, Senator Folmer graduated from Grace College in Indiana where he earned a degree in History. He is active in his local community, serving as the honorary chairman of the Relay for Life Survivor Committee of Lebanon County, as a founding member of the Constitutional Organization of Liberty (COOL), a group dedicated to helping reintroduce to the people of Pennsylvania the principles and ideals upon which this republic and this commonwealth were established, and is active in church.