A.T. Still University (ATSU) President Jack Magruder is the new vice chair of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) board.

Dr. Magruder was appointed to the MOHELA board by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in June, as the Private Higher Education Representative. He will serve a one-year term as vice chair, and his regular term on the board runs until October 2013.

“I did not believe that I had been here long enough to deserve the nomination by the committee,” Dr. Magruder said. “The rest of the board convinced me otherwise.”

Tom Reeves, the new MOHELA board chair, and president of Pulaski Bank in St. Louis, said that working alongside Magruder and the rest of the board is an honor.

“Dr. Magruder brings a wealth of higher education experience,” Reeves said. “He has a distinguished record of leadership in both public and private education, and I think his appointment will benefit MOHELA and the students that MOHELA deals with.”

“I am pleased to be a part of a board that helps students earn degrees,” Dr. Magruder said. “I am glad to do my part to help students be able to afford higher education.”

MOHELA is one of the largest student loan secondary markets in the country and assists thousands of students and families each year in the pursuit of their educational goals. The organization participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program and services student loans for and purchases from lender partners. A self-supporting enterprise, the mission of MOHELA is to eliminate barriers for students so they can access higher education.

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