Administration Appoints New Head of Federal Student Aid Announced

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday announced the appointment of A. Wayne Johnson as the next chief operating officer of the Federal Student Aid office.

Johnson currently serves as the chief executive of the Reunion Student Loan Financing Corporation. He would replace James Runcie, who abruptly resigned last month after a dispute with the Trump administration. In emails leaked to the press, Runcie said that he disagreed with the direction of the department under DeVos, Inside Higher Ed reported.

"Wayne is the right person to modernize FSA for the 21st century," DeVos said in a statement. "He actually wrote the book on student loan debt and will bring a unique combination of CEO-level operating skills and an in-depth understanding of the needs and issues associated with student loan borrowers and their families. He will be a tremendous asset to the department as we move forward with a focus on how best to serve students and protect taxpayers."

The department said in a release that DeVos will charge Johnson with carrying out her vision to "simplify and modernize the federal student aid process."


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