Ricardo (Rick) Torres

President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse

Mr. Torres joined the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) as its President and CEO in 2008. Under his leadership the Clearinghouse has continued to successfully extend its mission delivery of access driven service to education, which today comprises over 3,700 higher education institutions and nearly 14,000 high schools, school districts, and 43 states and thousands of outreach organizations, executing over 2.4 billion transactions annually, saving the education community over $850 million a year. Through his leadership the Clearinghouse has grown its education serving transactions by a factor of 8X over the past decade, with a 12% revenue CAGR to support the nation-wide services that the Clearinghouse offers the K-20W community and lifelong learners.

In addition, the Clearinghouse has evolved its non-profit mission execution to the education community by providing accessible innovative technology-based services and data exchange solutions that enable education institutions and organizations to focus on being engines that maximize human potential development. NSC's mission’s intent is to democratize data and information enabling all learners to benefit, including an intentional emphasis on enabling research based vulnerable population trajectory change. The Clearinghouse is a leader in advocating privacy, security, transparency, and responsible use of data to provide better understanding of student educational pathway performance to the benefit of students, institutions, and policymakers.

Facing the challenges of COVID19 on vulnerable populations, today the Clearinghouse is on the leading edge of the future of workforce initiatives through its engagement with industry leaders such as IBM and Walmart in the Interoperable Learner Record (ILR) initiative, which is led by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, a Federal initiative designed to transform how learners, educators and industry collaborate to enable learners to obtain the right skills at the right time for the right job.

Mr. Torres has been an active board member of the John Tyler Community College Foundation for the past 19 years and serves on the Board of the National College Access Network (NCAN). He also sat on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) from 2012 to 2016. He was a founding member and sits on the Executive Committee of the Groningen Declaration Network Group, a multi-national group of leaders dedicated to developing a trusted international data exchange ecosystem. In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Torres was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the Mid-Atlantic region. He was a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s 2013 Minority Business Leader Award. Mr. Torres holds an MBA in International Finance from Georgetown University and undergraduate degrees in both Marketing and Management from Manhattan College.