College Summit announced today that Stephen Sagner, a long-time
nonprofit executive with a proven record of development and programming
success, will join the college and career readiness organization as
Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer effective immediately. Formerly
Senior Vice President, Foundation and Corporate Relations at Local
Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Sagner will report to J.B.
Schramm, College Summit's Chief Executive Officer.
Jo Smith, Chief Operating Officer of College Summit since 2011, will
retain that title and has been named the organization's other
Co-President. She will work alongside Sagner and continue to report to
"Steve's ready to connect College Summit and our mission to
philanthropic and community leaders who are eager to support effective
and innovative approaches to some of our nation's toughest educational
challenges," explained J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO of College Summit.
College Summit partners with 180 high schools across the country to
transform the lives of students and their families. In close partnership
with schools and communities they serve, College Summit works with
students, many of whom will be firt in their families to go to college,
to get them through high school and succeeding in college.
"College Summit is the gold standard in student- led college and career
readiness, so I cannot think of a better place for me to have a positive
impact on the economic future of our kids, their families and
communities than with this extraordinary organization," said Sagner.
"College Summit's strength is developing curriculum and in-school
programming. That expertise combined with innovative initiatives, like
Knowledge Challenge that recently launched with Facebook and the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create college-going apps for
students, makes College Summit incredibly attractive to corporations,
foundations and others looking to invest in solutions that work today
and into the future."
In addition to his work at LISC, Sagner previously was Director of
Development for New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School
for Public Service and Dean for Development for New York University's
Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development. He
began his career at Good Shepherd Services, a renowned New York City
community organization, for which he ran a New York State-funded college
prep program for at-risk students at a public high school in Brooklyn,
and later served as Director of Programs & Contracts. He earned a BA
from Columbia University and an MPA in public finance from NYU Wagner.
College Summit serves 50,000 students every year in 180 high schools
in low-income districts across the country by providing a comprehensive
system for improving college-going and success rates. By partnering with
College Summit, high schools harness the power of student-led peer
influence to increase their college enrollment and persistence rates.
Learn more at www.collegesummit.org
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