Richard is a higher education innovator, best known for serving 22 years as the CEO and Chairman of ACT, where he grew the company to its current position as the most-taken college entrance exam in the United States. He brings extensive knowledge and a deep passion for higher education to the College Raptor team.
Jeff has more than 15 years of experience as a financial advisor and investor in early stage companies. He serves as co branch manager at Raymond James Financial Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and on the board of Community Savings Bank. With a background in financial planning and as the father of one recent college graduate with another a year away from her degree, his expertise builds on College Raptor's mission of helping students and families discover appropriate, affordable college options.
Mr. Barron has spent more than 45 years in college admissions and enrollment management, including managing enrollment and admissions for the University of Iowa for nearly three decades. Barron is now an independent consultant in higher education with specialties in enrollment management organization and structure; admissions operations; recruitment; marketing strategies and systems; financial aid leveraging; and higher education management, including state, regional and national networking.
Ken Craycraft is retired executive vice president at Academic Partnerships and former chief academic officer and vice chancellor for the Texas State University System. With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, Craycraft has worked as a professor and in numerous administrative positions, as well as served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout his career, Craycraft has worked closely with legislators, regents and others to increase accessibility and affordability in higher education.
Ted Sanders brings a wealth of expertise in all facets of education to College Raptor, For more than 40 years, he has held a wide variety of positions in education in government, colleges and universities and the private sector. In addition to serving as acting Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education, Sanders lead statewide school programs in Nevada, Ohio and Illinois. He also served as president of Southern Illinois University and lead policy research as president of Education Commission of the States. His variety of experience and depth of expertise in all facets of education provide critical insight for how College Raptor can operate to best serve students, parents and the education community.
Larry is a retired university president and a professional campus administrator with over four decades of experience. He is president emeritus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, served two years as interim president of Sierra Nevada College and in 2010 was interim president of Willamette University. Larry was the founding president of the OAICU (The Alliance) from 2012 and 2016; and has continued his consulting practice that specializes in strategic and financial planning for public and private colleges and universities.