Our executive leadership team and board of directors are dedicated to making a major impact on postsecondary access and participation, facilitating successful student loan repayment and closing the nation's middle-skills gap.

James V. McKeon (Chair)

During his professional career, Mr. McKeon has served as a senior executive officer of a large publicly traded health care company; co-founded and monetized several entrepreneurial businesses; currently serves on the boards and committees of large public and nonprofit enterprises; and provides advice to owners, senior managers and entrepreneurs.

Mr. McKeon is the managing partner of Valentine Associates LLC, a Pennsylvania-based advisory practice specializing in strategic planning, finance, performance improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. He has served in executive positions of service organizations for more than 25 years while also pursuing his entrepreneurial interests.

Throughout his career, Mr. McKeon has been successful at growing several businesses by focusing on the fundamental strategies of improving infrastructure, aligning interests of constituencies and ensuring accountability of execution while maintaining fiduciary responsibility.

As executive vice president and chief financial officer of Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of long-term care services, he led the efforts to raise more than $1.3 billion in both debt and equity securities. During his tenure, the public company repaid more than $100 million in debt, grew EBITDA margins and increased market equity value by 360%. Value creation culminated in a very successful, competitive sale to private equity.

In his capacity as an advisor, Mr. McKeon has been active in assisting a diverse set of businesses achieve their goals, which have included capital raising, strategy development, recapitalization and monetization.

He was the co-owner of a technology-based sports equipment company that successfully monetized several patents. The company was sold in April 2011 to a strategic competitor at a significant premium.

Prior to joining Genesis in 1994, Mr. McKeon was employed by KPMG as a senior manager.

Mr. McKeon has served on several boards and in governance roles in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves on the board of directors of Genesis HealthCare LLC (NYSE: GEN), is chair of the Nominating, Corporate Governance, Quality and Compliance Committee and is a member of the Governance and Compensation Committee. He also serves on the board of ECMC Group, a nonprofit entity with a mission to help students succeed. At ECMC Group, he serves as the chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee and the Governance and Compensation Committee.

Mr. McKeon has been active in advocacy causes, having previously served on the board of directors of The Tug McGraw Foundation, which focuses on quality of life for brain tumor patients and their families. He also served on the Finance Committee of Bancroft, a nonprofit organization that assists children and young adults with developmental challenges.

Mr. McKeon holds a bachelor's degree in accountancy from Villanova University.