Ceannate Corp. Establishes Strategic Advisory Board

Note: This post has been edited to reflect the current membership of the Advisory Board.

Rolling Meadows, IL, February 27, 2015 – Ceannate Corp., a BPO firm focused on the education sector, has established a Board of Advisors with expertise in higher education, policy development and finance. 

"Every day, Ceannate employees strive to help students and families who are burdened by escalating tuition debt understand their options and make wise financial decisions," said Balaji Rajan, Ceannate Corp. CEO. "We do this despite an ever-changing regulatory environment. Our goal in establishing an Advisory Board is to engage with leaders like Secretary Spellings who have a long track record of collaborating with others and solving problems. As we've grown as a company, and do more with more students, we felt the time was right to secure the perspective of those who have previously shaped policy and programs as Washington enters the next phase of policy-making. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to find solutions for students and families. With the assistance of the Advisory Board, Ceannate Corp looks forward to sharing the lessons we have learned in the field and contributing to the national debate."

The Board of Advisors will provide strategic guidance and policy direction to Ceannate Corp. as it seeks to advance its mission to help students and families better understand and manage the financial responsibilities associated with attending college.

The new Advisory Board members are:

  • The Honorable John McKernan, Jr, Senior Advisor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, former Governor of Maine and former Member of Congress

  • Brian Jones, former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; and

  • Dr. Bronte Jones, Vice President for Finance & Administration, Dickinson College.

About the Advisory Board

Governor John McKernan, Jr. is Senior Advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Chair of its Advisory Board on Education and the Workforce. Governor McKernan also serves as chairman and CEO of consulting and investment firms McKernan Enterprises, Inc. and Nottingham Equity, Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Education Management Corporation, where he also served as CEO from 2003 to 2007, and still serves as a Director. He is also a director of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global education learning company, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Governor McKernan served his native state of Maine for two terms in the U.S. Congress and then as Governor for two, four-year terms from 1987 to 1995. During his two terms, Governor McKernan was Chairman of the Education Commission of the States and the National Education Goals Panel. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He is married to former U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe.

Brian Jones has dedicated his career to education, serving in a number of roles to advance education availability and accessibility. He is the former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; has served as the Chairman of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board and continues to serve as a Director; and was Co-Founder and President of Latimer Education, Inc., a venture-backed company that partners with historically black colleges to provide African American students with online educational opportunities. Mr. Jones has also served as Senior Counsel in the postsecondary education practice group at the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.

Dr. Bronte Jones is Vice President for Finance & Administration at Dickinson where she oversees all financial operations and serves as Chief Asset Manager. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and member of the Board of Directors, and Treasurer of Higher Education Resource Services (“HERS”), dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of women and achieving equality and excellence in higher education. Dr. Jones has served as Treasurer of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Vice President for Administration and Finance at Huston- Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in finance, an MBA from American University, and a Doctorate in higher-education administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the Higher Education Resource Services Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College.

About Ceannate 

Ceannate Corp. is a leading business process outsourcing (BPO) company, providing expertise and solutions for the higher education industry including colleges and universities and the US Department of Education. The Ceannate companies include Financial Management Systems (FMS), i3 Group, LLC, and iontuition, Inc (formerly Loanlook, Inc). We have rehabilitated over $500 million in defaulted loans and service over $5 billion in borrower loans annually to help students avoid default or cure delinquencies. The company is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

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