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College Summit Names Stephen Sagner Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer
[November 27, 2012]

College Summit Names Stephen Sagner Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--

College Summit announced today that Stephen Sagner, a long-time nonprofit executive with a proven record of development and programming success, will join the college and career readiness organization as Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer effective immediately. Formerly Senior Vice President, Foundation and Corporate Relations at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Sagner will report to J.B. Schramm, College Summit's Chief Executive Officer.

Jo Smith, Chief Operating Officer of College Summit since 2011, will retain that title and has been named the organization's other Co-President. She will work alongside Sagner and continue to report to Schramm.

"Steve's ready to connect College Summit and our mission to philanthropic and community leaders who are eager to support effective and innovative approaches to some of our nation's toughest educational challenges," explained J.B. Schramm, Founder and CEO of College Summit.

College Summit partners with 180 high schools across the country to transform the lives of students and their families. In close partnership with schools and communities they serve, College Summit works with students, many of whom will be firt in their families to go to college, to get them through high school and succeeding in college.

"College Summit is the gold standard in student- led college and career readiness, so I cannot think of a better place for me to have a positive impact on the economic future of our kids, their families and communities than with this extraordinary organization," said Sagner. "College Summit's strength is developing curriculum and in-school programming. That expertise combined with innovative initiatives, like its College Knowledge Challenge that recently launched with Facebook (News - Alert) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create college-going apps for students, makes College Summit incredibly attractive to corporations, foundations and others looking to invest in solutions that work today and into the future."

In addition to his work at LISC, Sagner previously was Director of Development for New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service and Dean for Development for New York University's Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development. He began his career at Good Shepherd Services, a renowned New York City community organization, for which he ran a New York State-funded college prep program for at-risk students at a public high school in Brooklyn, and later served as Director of Programs & Contracts. He earned a BA from Columbia University and an MPA in public finance from NYU Wagner.

College Summit serves 50,000 students every year in 180 high schools in low-income districts across the country by providing a comprehensive system for improving college-going and success rates. By partnering with College Summit, high schools harness the power of student-led peer influence to increase their college enrollment and persistence rates. Learn more at

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