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Judith S. Eaton, formerly Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, joined CHEA as President in August 1997. Judith has also been President of the Council for Aid to Education as well as Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Southern Nevada.

Jeffrey S. Abbott, (CPA, CFE), Director of Finance and Administration, joined CHEA in August 2013. He previously served in a variety of positions at The Clearing House, including finance director, controller, assistant controller and financial analyst.

Joél Espinoza, Special Assistant to the President, joined CHEA in December 2011. He has served as an executive assistant at companies including Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, Russell Reynolds Associates, Opus8, Inc. and Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Previously, he served as Senior Knowledge Analyst, Program Management in the Global Office of Knowledge Management at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Jan Friis, Vice President for Government Affairs, joined CHEA in May 2006 from Final Analysis Communication Services, Inc. where he was Vice President of Administration and Director of Government Relations. Jan has served as chief of staff for two former Members of Congress (Mr. Fox of Pennsylvania and Mr. Forbes of New York) and served as district administrator for a third Member, Mr. Schulze of Pennsylvania. Jan has also been in private law practice.

Mark Grace, Director of CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) joined CHEA in February 2014. He previously served as Component Director for USAID’s “Iraq Financial Development Project.” He also has held management positions at the George Washington University School of Business, University of Maryland University College, Kaplan, Inc. and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Ida Miggins, Database and Web Administrator, joined CHEA in December 2009. Ida previously served as Web Manager, Communications and Marketing, for Special Olympics International. She also served as Technology Director for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and as Network Administrator for Gifts and Kind International.

Eric Selwyn, Membership and Information Coordinator, joined CHEA in May 2011. He previously served as Production Manager for Bulls Eye Marketing, Inc., where he handled day-to-day operations for a data management company. He also has served in administrative positions for the George Mason University School of Management, Washington Gas, First Union and Bank of America.

Paul Weissburg, Ph.D., Accreditation Analyst, joined CHEA in March 2014. He previously held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Augustana College (IL) and has served in academic positions at a variety of higher education institutions, including American University. Weissburg's work on the US system of accreditation of higher education has appeared in Liberal Education, Review of Policy Research and Essays in Supportive Peer Review.

Timothy Willard, Senior Director of Communications, joined CHEA in January 2009. He previously served as Vice President of Communications for the Food Products Association and as Director of Communications for the World Future Society and Managing Editor of its magazine, The Futurist.

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