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CEO/Executive Director

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority & Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation
Frankfort, Kentucky
Posted Date
Jul 15, 2022

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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CEO/Executive Director

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC)

Frankfort & Louisville, KY


The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC), state-affiliated entities that share the common goal of improving access to higher education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, seeks an experienced, inspiring, and innovative leader as their next Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director (CEO/ED). The CEO/ED reports to the Board of Directors and leads a strong and dedicated team of 215 staff across KHEAA, KHESLC, as well as Kentucky’s Affordable Prepaid Tuition Plan (KAPT) and the Asset Resolution Corporation (ARC). Through a collaborative and collegial approach, open and transparent communication, and strategic leadership, the CEO/ED will work closely with the Board of Directors, senior staff, and external partners to advance and extend KHEAA/KHESLC’s public mission.

The new CEO/ED will join KHEAA/KHESLC at a moment of great possibility as the organization navigates the ever-changing financial aid and postsecondary education landscape. The CEO/ED will provide leadership, vision, and policy direction within the organization, as well as at the state and national levels, to support and amplify higher education affordability, access, and attainment. To this end, they will be an adept relationship builder and advocate, possessing the political acumen and subject matter expertise needed to communicate and partner with state agencies, legislators, decision-makers, and community organizations across the Commonwealth and beyond to move forward KHEAA and KHESLC’s educational aims.

The successful candidate will be a mission-driven change agent, identifying and implementing creative strategies to increase the financial sustainability, effectiveness, and impact of KHEAA/KHESLC’s offerings, and proactively adapting to the shifts and uncertainty within the field of post-secondary student financing. The CEO/ED will support the agencies’ deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to expanding opportunities for diverse and low-income students. As the executive of a large and distributed team, the CEO/ED will be an accessible and inclusive leader, modeling a culture of transparency, mutual respect, and collaboration and providing support, guidance, and inspiration to staff at all levels of the organization.

KHEAA/KHESLC has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.

Dan Rodas, Partner

Katy Ryan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


KHEAA and KHESLC are committed to hiring employees who are qualified for their respective positions and maintaining a diverse workforce. We maintain a family-friendly atmosphere and help employees succeed in both their private lives and careers. We offer competitive benefits to attract highly qualified employees and to help us meet the ever-changing requirements and conditions in today’s business environment.


KHEAA and KHESLC are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate based on age, sex, religion, race, or national origin.

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