Oregon Student Access Commission Announces the Addition of Two Top Leaders

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August 1, 2011

Eugene, OR – The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) is pleased to announce a new management structure and two top management staff to lead the state's higher education access agency into the future. According to Executive Director Josette Green, "OSAC's new management structure better positions OSAC to meet its goals of helping Oregon students and families access postsecondary education. It allows for solid day-to-day management of the agency while supporting the expansion of external relationships to advocate for programs to educate its citizens."

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.

"OSAC is a catalyst for Oregon students and families in accessing postsecondary education. At a time when the state and Oregon families are faced with significant financial challenges, it is critical that OSAC provide leadership, innovation, and creativity in helping students access resources in financially responsible ways. To do this, I am particularly pleased with the hiring of my top management team who possess strong leadership experience to move the agency forward in meeting its mission," Green said.

This summer, Green completed the hiring of two quality leaders to oversee the important day-to-day operations of the agency and will report to Green.

Dr. Vic Nunenkamp was hired as the Scholarship and Access Program Director to lead the state's scholarship administration and access program – ASPIRE, the state's official mentoring program that is currently operating in more than 100 sites throughout the state.

Nunenkamp, who holds a bachelors degree from Oregon State University, and a M.Ed and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Oregon, brings to OSAC more than 36 years of experience in education, having co-founded and directed the Phoenix School – a private, not-for-profit school for at-risk youth in Roseburg, OR. Moreover, she has years of experience in grants development and management, curriculum design and implementation, and teaching English and Writing at the community college level. Her management experience also includes responsibility for Volunteer Services of Douglas County - managing three federal senior volunteer programs known as Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program and RSVP. She was instrumental in reviving and solidifying The Volunteer Foundation of Douglas County –designed specifically to build community partnerships, raise community awareness and generate on-going funding for the senior volunteer programs. This foundation thrives today. Over time, Ms. Nunenkamp responsibilities expanded beyond senior volunteer programs when she became the Director of Senior & Disabilities Services.

Don Charlton is a certified public accountant with more than 28 years with the State of Oregon and will oversee the day-to-day operations of finance, information technology, and public programs, including the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

Charlton's experience in fiscal matters is extensive, having worked at the State Treasury as the Statewide Cash Management Coordinator, the Department of Human Services as the Chief Financial Officer, and at the Oregon Department of Corrections as the Distribution Services Administrator. Charlton brings years of fiscal integrity to OSAC and has been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury as a recipient of the Distinction in Financial Management award. Charlton holds a Business Management and Accounting degree from Oregon State University.

Many positive changes are occurring at OSAC, including plans to develop a long term strategic plan that will guide the agency's efforts in meeting its mission, and enhancing the agency's policies and procedures to ensure OSAC is an agency of excellence within the state.