Rep. William F. Adolph, Jr. and Sen. Wayne D. Fontana Re-Elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of PHEAA Board

Harrisburg, PA (February 18, 2016)—The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced today that Representative William F. Adolph, Jr. has been re-elected as Chairman of the PHEAA Board of Directors. Senator Wayne D. Fontana was re-elected as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Representative Adolph has represented Delaware County's 165th Legislative District since 1989. He currently serves as the Majority Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He was first elected by his colleagues to serve in this role in January 2010 and was recently reelected to his third term as Majority Chairman. He has served as Chairman of the PHEAA Board since 2007.

"It's an honor to be asked to serve our students and families as Chairman of the PHEAA Board - especially considering the many challenges that families must face when planning for a higher education," said Representative William Adolph. "The informed collective experiences brought to this Board by my colleagues will help us address those issues successfully on behalf of the Commonwealth."

PHEAA was created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and has since evolved into one of the nation's leading student aid organizations. The agency's earnings are used to support its public service mission and to pay its operating costs, including administration of the Pennsylvania State Grant and other student aid programs. This saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year while ensuring that every dollar that is appropriated to a student aid program goes directly to support Pennsylvania students.

"Serving on PHEAA's Board of Directors is especially rewarding since we work so intently on making decisions that have such a positive affect on the lives of so many students and their families," said Senator Fontana. "I look forward to working with Chairman Adolph and my colleagues on this Board as we continue to find new ways to improve access to higher education in Pennsylvania."

Senator Fontana has represented the 42nd Senatorial District, Allegheny County, since 2005. He serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. He is also a member of the Community, Economic & Recreational Development, Communications and Technology, Law & Justice, Ethics & Official Conduct and Policy Committees. In addition, the senator serves on the Legislative Arts Caucus, Community College Caucus, Life Sciences & Biotechnology Caucus, and Lupus Caucus. Additionally, Senator Fontana serves as Democratic Caucus Chairman, setting the caucus agenda and leading discussions on bills that are under consideration on the Senate floor.

PHEAA has also announced that the following members have been elected to serve on the Board's Executive Committee:

  • Senator Robert M. Tomlinson (R-Bensalem) – Chairman
  • Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr. (D-Philadelphia) – Vice Chairman
  • Senator Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia)
  • Representative Sandra J. Major (R-Montrose)
  • Honorable Roy Reinard (Holland)
  • Chancellor Timothy R. Thyreen

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