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RC’s McNamara appointed to national student finance panel

Thursday, September 10, 2009  
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For immediate release – 9/10/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications – 815-226-3374

John McNamara, vice president for college development at Rockford College and a former Rockford mayor, has been named to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. The committee is an independent and bipartisan source of advice and counsel on student financial aid policy for both Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Education. The appointment was announced recently by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
“John’s long history of public service and current position as a college administrator makes his an important voice in efforts to make college affordable for all students,” Durbin said. “As the father of six children who attended college, John understands the importance of higher education and the financial burden many families take on to provide a world class education for their families. John is a fantastic addition to the committee and I look forward to working with him to make college education more affordable.”

McNamara served as the mayor of Rockford, Illinois from 1981 – 1989, when he joined William Charles Investments, Ltd. in Rockford. He has worked part time in various roles at Rockford College, becoming the college’s vice president for college development in 2006. Some 90 percent of the school’s 1,200 students receive some form of financial aid.
A key goal of the committee is to ensure that higher education is affordable for all students. As a member of the group, McNamara will help develop policy recommendations and independent analyses on all aspects of student assistance programs.

The advisory committee is composed of 11 members appointed by members of Congress and the Secretary of Education for a single term of four years. Committee members come from across the nation and include financial aid officers, students, college presidents and administrators, officers of guaranty agencies, and leaders of national educational associations.

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