Three new members join TG's Board of Directors
Three new members have joined TG's Board of Directors following unanimous confirmation by the Texas State Senate. Phil W. Worley of Bruni, Dr. Connie S. Sitterly of Fort Worth, and Ivan Arturo Andarza of Austin — who were appointed by Gov. Rick Perry — will serve six-year terms that expire in January 2013.
Worley will serve as one of four education representatives on TG's 11-member governing board. Sitterly and Andarza are two of five business representatives on the panel.
"All three new board members bring a wealth of talent and experience to TG," said Sue McMillin, TG president and CEO. "We look forward to working with them to enhance educational opportunities for families and students."
As board members, they will provide leadership for one of the nation's largest student loan guarantors. TG helps to provide access to higher education to more than 350,000 students and families each year, and currently guarantees more than $3.5 billion a year through the FFELP.
Varied backgrounds and expertise
Worley is the dean of community education at Laredo Community College, where he previously served as department chair of social and behavioral sciences and instructor of government. He also has taught in the Webb Consolidated and Jim Hogg County Independent school districts. Worley received a bachelor's degree in education from Texas State University-San Marcos and a master's degree from Laredo State University.
Sitterly is president of Sittcom, Inc., and founder of Management Training Specialists, a consulting and international training development provider. She was previously a tenured associate professor at Amarillo College and an adjunct professor at Texas Woman's University, where she earned her doctoral degree in education. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from West Texas A&M University. Sitterly is a board member of the Institute of Management Consultants DFW chapter and a member of the Federal Government Distance Learning Association.
Andarza is an attorney in private practice in Austin. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin and Hispanic Bar associations. He also served as a board member of the Cameron County Bar Association and president of the Kiwanis Club of Brownsville. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from Baylor University School of Law.
The Texas Senate gave confirmation to two TG board members who have been serving as recess appointees since December 2005 — Board Secretary Yvonne Batts of Abilene and F.H. "Skip" Landis of Bryan. Batts is vice president and co-owner of Batts Communications Inc. in Abilene, and Landis is director of the Biomedical Science Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Both will serve until January 2011.
For more information
For a complete listing of TG's Board of Directors, visit TG Online at www.tgslc.org/abouttg/board/index.cfm.
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2007 TG Conference earns stellar survey scores
The 2007 TG Conference was an unmitigated success according to all indicators — high attendance levels, stellar customer satisfaction scores, and the many praising comments, which participants made throughout the event.
More than 650 financial aid professionals attended TG's 15th annual conference, which was held at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas from April 3 - 5. Attendees scored the conference a 4.53 on a scale of 1 to 5. Many reported being impressed with nearly every aspect of their experience from the delivery of presenters to the comprehensive sessions and informative exhibits.
One customer wrote: "This was my first year attending the conference. I learned so much from the sessions I attended and enjoyed meeting new people, especially TG employees."
New conference centerpieces
Two new conference events drew special attention — the TG Heart & Soul Exhibit and the three product lab sessions. The TG Heart & Soul Exhibit brought together conference attendees with team members from across TG. In exhibits and discussions, team members showcased what they do on a daily basis for TG.
"TG's team members found innovative and interactive ways to tell their stories, and the conference attendees loved it," said Vickie Tanner, assistant vice president of business partner services and conference manager.
The three product lab sessions were well-attended and provided customers the opportunity to see, hear, and work through prepared scenarios on TG products. Team members from TG's Product Support Group (PSG) were available to answer questions and help. According to Tanner, one school participant left the lab session exclaiming, "I'm sold and ready to use AdvanTG Web!"
The efforts of many TG team members contributed to the overall value of the conference. "TG's employees are all very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional and the quality of the conference reflects this," wrote one attendee.
To download presentation materials for the 2007 TG Conference presentations, visit TG Online at www.tgslc.org/tgconference/presentations.cfm.
Other conference presentation topics are available through the TG Speakers Bureau or through TG's new financial literacy program, POSITIVE+BALANCE. To schedule a program or to find out more about the TG Speakers Bureau, visit www.tgslc.org/speakers/index.cfm, or send an message to email@example.com.
To learn more about POSITIVE+BALANCE, visit www.tgslc.org/balance/index.cfm. You may also contact Joe Braxton or Rett Anderton, TG's default prevention consultants, at (800) 252-9743, ext. 4696 or ext. 4765, respectively, or send an message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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