Oregon Student Access Commission Announces Josette Green As Executive Director

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November 12, 2010

Eugene, OR – The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) announced that Josette Green has accepted the position of executive director to oversee the administration of a wide range of federal, state, and private financial aid programs to help Oregonians pay for post-secondary education.

As an independent state agency, OSAC administers the Oregon Opportunity Grant, which is the state's largest need-based grant, more than 400 private scholarship and public grant programs, and ASPIRE, a mentoring program to help students plan for education and training beyond high school.

According to Commission chair Bart Howard, "At a time when our state is facing significant financial challenges, OSAC is exceedingly fortunate to have Josette Green assume the leadership of this agency that coordinates efforts to provide maximum citizen access to higher education in the state. Green's strong background in building coalitions to assist increasing numbers of college students in financially responsible ways will stand OSAC in good stead with those most capable of helping secure educational resources for Oregon families."

Green began her duties as executive director on October 18. "It is a rare opportunity to be able to lead a team of dedicated professionals at an agency that is an innovative national leader. I look forward to advocating for Oregon students to maximize postsecondary opportunities," Green said.

Green served as the Regional Director of Student Finance for Corinthian Colleges Inc. since 2008, in Tampa, Florida, where she oversaw a team of 50 employees who administered state and federal financial aid programs to more than 17,000 students. While there, Green spearheaded an effort that reduced bad student loan debt from $31 million to $2 million. Green developed a strategic customer service program to minimize bad debt, wrote strategic plans for student finance, and developed policies for effectively reducing high balances. Green also served as Associate Director of Financial Services at the University of Florida, Director of Financial Aid for Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio, and Assistant Director of Financial Aid for the University of Akron.

Prior to her work for Corinthian Colleges, Green served as a business development volunteer in Costa Rica and worked in an impoverished community to carry out multiple projects with community leaders and small businesses that increased economic resources for small businesses. Green also developed a strategic tourism plan for the entire country.

Green has also worked for KeyBank , based in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Assistant Vice President. While there, she supervised staff in eight states who sell financial products to colleges and universities and was instrumental in expanding KeyBank in Florida and southeastern United States. Green also established new standards for budgeting, management information systems, marketing, team development, and customer service.