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February 6, 2012

INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEIL HORIKOSHI

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Katie Tran-Lam
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Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2012—The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)—a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students—recently appointed Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) President and Executive Director Neil Horikoshi to its 10-member board of directors. The addition of Horikoshi reinforces IHEP's efforts of developing innovative policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders, who develop high-impact policies that will address our nation's most pressing education challenges.

Horikoshi leads the nation's largest nonprofit scholarship fund for Asian American and Pacific Islander students. At APIASF, Horikoshi works to mobilize resources to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after postsecondary education, helping to develop future leaders who will excel in their careers and serve as role models in their communities. Prior to joining APIASF, he served as IBM's managing director of global business development and global services in the United States and in Asia Pacific, where he led the team of IBM Global Services Deal Team Professionals in a wide range of complex multi-year services engagements throughout Asia Pacific. Horikoshi also has led industry discussions on regulatory and procurement issues affecting the information technology industry, developed external relationships with key governmental agencies on behalf of IBM, participated in Congressional and Executive Branch advocacy meetings, and spoke frequently at trade association and federal government conferences on procurement issues. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Hawai'i as well as a juris doctorate degree and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. Horikoshi is a member of the New York State Bar and the American Bar Association.

"IHEP is delighted to welcome Neil, who is a leader of a trusted and highly esteemed organization in the higher education field. Neil brings a deep understanding of access and success issues, especially as they relate to underserved students such as low-income, first-generation, and minority students," said Arthur L. Coleman, chairman of the IHEP Board of Directors, and managing partner of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson

Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. "The IHEP Board of Directors and staff are confident Neil will be a great contributor while helping to ensure the organization continues to thrive and works to bring attention to innovative ideas related to access to and success in higher education through core competency in research and policy analysis."

Founded in 1993, IHEP offers a nonpartisan perspective through a staff that includes some of the most respected professionals in the fields of public policy and research. It is committed to equality of opportunity for all students and provides timely research—with the goal of informing public policy decisions—in areas such as access and success, accountability, diversity, finance, underserved student populations (disabled students, foster youth, prisoners), and much more.

IHEP is also considered to be a trusted and highly esteemed research organization that:

"I am very appreciative of the IHEP Board of Directors and IHEP President Michelle Asha Cooper for nominating me to help lead an organization that is deeply rooted in and dedicated to issues that matter personally," said Horikoshi. "As a new board member, it is my hope to make significant contributions based on my diversity of experience, insight, and knowledge to IHEP."

Other IHEP board members include Cheryl D. Blanco, vice president for special projects, Southern Regional Education Board; Augustine Gallego, chancellor emeritus, San Diego Community College District; Lucie Lapovsky, Ph.D., principal, Lapovsky Consulting and former president and professor of economics, Mercy College; Laura W. Perna, associate professor, higher education management program, University of Pennsylvania; Michele Siqueiros, executive director, The Campaign for College Opportunity; Gregory A. Winfield, president, Winfield Management; and Richard Staufenberger, managing director-Washington and director, office of stakeholder accountability, Save The Children. Cooper serves as the staff representative.

For more information about IHEP and its board of directors, visit the organization's Web site at www.ihep.org.

The Institute For Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students. Based in Washington, D.C., IHEP develops innovative policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders, who develop high-impact policies that will address our nation's most pressing education challenges.