July 2008

Imagine America Foundation Elects New Officers for Board of Directors

Washington, DC (July 22, 2008) - The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) today announced the appointment of three officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are new Chair Michael Platt, Vice Chair James R. Gessner and Treasurer Dennis Spisak. These officers will lead the board in guiding the research-and scholarship-providing arm for the career college sector throughout the 2008-2009 year as it continues to make vital contributions to postsecondary education and its students.

Michael Platt is the CEO of Adventure Interactive and founder of PlattForm Advertising.  He has provided out-of-the-box marketing and advertising solutions for all types of learning institutions for nearly 20 years.  Michael has been a member of IAF’s board since 2005.

James R. Gessner is the President of Duluth Business University and has been a member of IAF’s Board since 2005. James has been actively involved in postsecondary education for over 30 years.

Dennis Spisak is the VP of Sales, National Sales Manager, for the Career College Division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Dennis has been a member of IAF’s board since 2006.

"We're delighted with the appointment of Michael, James and Dennis to officer roles on the IAF Board. Their deep professional experiences and passionate commitment to career education bring valuable perspectives to our Board,” said Robert L. Martin, President of IAF.

Other IAF board members include:

Imagine America Foundation Honors Specs Howard with 2008 Pioneer Award

Washington, DC (July 15, 2008) - For nearly 40 years, Specs Howard has been on the frontline of television and radio broadcast education within the career college sector of higher education. He has selflessly devoted most of his life to education, enriching the lives of thousands of students along the way. On June 27, his efforts were recognized when the Imagine America Foundation presented him with one of the sector’s most prestigious honors.

During the Awards Luncheon at the annual Career College Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Howard graciously received the Imagine America Foundation’s Pioneer Award.

"Specs Howard’s unique and successful career makes him a wonderful role model for career professionals," said Robert L. Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation. "He has shown excellent leadership in his field and has exemplified a high standard of service to career education. It is an honor to present the 2008 Pioneer Award to him.”

Howard started his career in broadcasting as an on-air radio personality on Cleveland radio in 1948. Renowned in the broadcast industry, Howard later founded the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Mich. to provide practical, hands-on training for aspiring broadcast professionals in 1970.

"The Imagine America Foundation does outstanding work through its scholarship programs, research studies and other initiatives.  Our entire sector of higher education is better off because of IAF, under Bob Martin's leadership.  I couldn't be prouder to be affiliated with the Foundation and I am truly honored to have been selected for this award," said Specs Howard.

The Pioneer Award has been awarded annually since its establishment in 2000. Including Howard, only 14 professionals in the industry have received the award.

Heritage Institute Military Scholarship Student Wins Prestigious Imagine America Award

Jacksonville, FL – Heritage Institute pharmacy tech student, Edwin Ramosrey has won the prestigious Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP scholarship to attend Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, FL.

“I’m so proud of my service to my country,” said Ramosrey.  “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to live in a country that recognizes the importance of education and rewards service.  It means a lot to have my service validated in this meaningful way.  I expect to see enormous rewards as I transition to my second career in pharmacy technology.”