PHEAA CEO James Steeley Recognized on 2023 Higher Education Power 100 List

The President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), James H. Steeley, has been named to the 2023 Higher Education Power 100 list for his leadership in overseeing the Agency’s departure from the federal student loan program and for administering the PA State Grant Program, which has resulted in the maximum award reaching a record high of $5,750.

“I’m honored to be recognized alongside such a prestigious group within the Commonwealth’s higher education community,” said Steeley. “Together, we are working to improve the quality of and access to higher education within Pennsylvania. Any success we achieve, is a success for our Commonwealth.”

Steeley, who previously served as CFO and COO before taking on the top job in 2018, has been praised for managing the strategic divestment of FedLoan, the agency’s federal student loan program. He is also a board member of the Elizabethtown College School of Business, Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Central PA Chapter of Financial Executives International.

The City & State PA news organization provide in-depth, non-partisan coverage of Pennsylvania’s state and local government, politics, and public policy. The publication noted that despite the challenges facing higher education in Pennsylvania and the country, the leaders on the list have helped their institutions to not only survive but thrive.

The complete 2023 Higher Education Power 100 list can be found at here.