PHEAA Welcomes Senator Sean D. Wiley to Board of Directors

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Harrisburg, PA (March 20, 2014)—PHEAA announced today that Senator Sean D. Wiley has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Senator Wiley's term will run through June 30, 2015.

Senator Wiley has represented the 49th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Erie County, since 2012. He serves on the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development, Labor and Industry, Public Health and Welfare, and Communications & Technology Committees. Senator Wiley is also the Democratic Chair of the Intergovernmental Operations committee.

Senator Wiley's position on the PHEAA Board of Directors will allow him to use his extensive government and professional experience as an effective advocate for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania students and families.

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

"Affordable higher education is critical to the future success of our students," said Senator Wiley. "The financial aid and college planning support that PHEAA offers to Pennsylvania families provides an avenue to pursue higher education that might not otherwise be available."

PHEAA was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1963 and has evolved into one of the nation's leading student aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan servicing, loan guaranty, financial aid processing, outreach and other student aid programs. The agency's earnings are used to help support its public service mission and to pay its operating costs, including administration of the Pennsylvania State Grant and other state-funded student aid programs.

"I've served alongside Senator Wiley since he joined the Pennsylvania Senate in 2012," 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."

Senator Wiley, his wife and three children reside in Erie.