PHEAA Welcomes Senator Joe Scarnati to Board of Directors

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Harrisburg, PA (January 16, 2014)—PHEAA announced today that Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Senator Scarnati will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Senator Jane Earll. His term will run through June 30, 2015.

Senator Scarnati represents the 25th Senatorial District which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Senator serves as an ex-officio member of each of the 22 Senate Committees.

Senator Scarnati's position on the PHEAA Board of Directors will allow him to use his extensive experience as a government leader to be a strong advocate for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania students and families.

"I am pleased to join the PHEAA Board of Directors and look forward to working with other Board members to ensure the success of Pennsylvania's post-secondary educational programs," said Senator Scarnati. "Providing communities across our state with access to affordable higher education is critical to providing new career opportunities for students and improving the economy."

"We welcome Senator Scarnati to the Board," said Representative William Adolph, PHEAA Board Chairman. "The Senator's impressive experience and his strong commitment to helping Pennsylvania families will be a great benefit to our Board as we work to address the challenges facing today's students, families and postsecondary schools of Pennsylvania."

"I've served alongside Senator Scarnati since joining the Pennsylvania Senate in 2005," said Senator Wayne D. Fontana, PHEAA Board Vice Chairman. "I welcome him to the Board and look forward to collaborating with him on higher education funding and access issues that are so critical to our students and their families—especially those who continue to struggle through a challenging economy."

Senator Scarnati is a graduate of Penn State University, DuBois Campus and has served as a State Senator for 13 years.