Jul 22, 2011

ConnectEDU to Advance Student Success through the Creation of The ConnectEDU Pathways Council

Jane Swift will Chair the New Council Designed to Identify, Inform, and Promote Education Policies Focused on Students’ College, Career, and Financial Success

(BOSTON, MA) July 22, 2011 – As a continued effort in ConnectEDU’s commitment to empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more prosperous financial future, the company is proud to announce the creation of The ConnectEDU Pathways™ Council (“Council”). The Council will identify, inform, and promote education policies that expand students’ access to postsecondary opportunities and prosperous career pathways.

ConnectEDU is also pleased to announce that Jane Swift, former Massachusetts Governor, will be transitioning from her current role as Senior Vice President of Government Solutions at ConnectEDU to chair this newly formed Council. Swift will head the group of thought leaders appointed by ConnectEDU with varying backgrounds across public service and the private sector. Council members will offer diverse perspectives for expanding postsecondary access, career readiness, and solutions that empower students across the education-to-employment pathway. Additional Council members will include Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and ConnectEDU Director, as well as Ted Fischer, ConnectEDU’s President and COO.

“I am honored to serve as Chairperson on The ConnectEDU Pathways Council, as the policies that we will promote will have a powerful impact on students’ education, career, and financial success,” said Jane Swift. “I am eager to help grow the Council with leaders in the education community and the private sector who are equally dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of students.”

“Jane’s leadership and unique perspective on the policies that are necessary to ensure a student’s success across their education, career and financial pathways made her an obvious selection to chair the newly formed Council,” said Craig Powell, CEO and Founder of ConnectEDU. “There is nothing more important than the education and career development of students of all ages, and the Council will be an advocate and voice for helping improve and reform a system that is vital to the future of our leaders of tomorrow.”

About ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering students to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. Created, developed and run by people who have worked in every area of college counseling, admissions, and career development, ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real students and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. ConnectEDU makes the college admissions process simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more effective. The Company’s approach gives every student, from every neighborhood across the country, the best opportunity to achieve their dream of a college education and promising career.

Jul 18, 2011

Tim Brown Joins ConnectEDU as Chief Strategy Officer

(Boston, MA) July 18, 2011 - ConnectEDU, (http://www.connectedu.com/), the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers and secure a more stable financial future, is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Brown as Chief Strategy Officer. In this capacity, Tim will be responsible for ConnectEDU's mergers and acquisitions strategy, post-acquisition integration and developing strategic partnerships and initiatives.

"Tim's deep understanding of the education market and competitive landscape as well as his experience in acquisitions, capital raising and operations brings a unique perspective and balance to our already strong team," said Craig Powell, Chief Executive Officer, ConnectEDU. "We believe Tim can help us rapidly accelerate our growth plans through strategic partnerships and acquisitions that will enable ConnectEDU to serve more students, families, counselors, teachers/ professors, admission/ development officers, and employers.”

Recently, Tim was a member of the management team at EducationDynamics where he served in several operational roles and was responsible for its M&A and corporate development function. His previous career experience includes nine years at Halyard Capital, a mid-market private equity fund, which he joined at its inception. Prior to joining Halyard Capital, Tim was an investment banker at CIBC World Markets and UBS Securities.

"The ConnectEDU team has built a tremendous platform and established itself as the leader in developing technology for students to manage their education path and launch their career", said Brown. "I am excited to join the ConnectEDU team and look forward to contributing to the future success and growth of the company."

Tim received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.