- School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
Keith J. Jepsen, Ed.D. 1974, who has more than 43 years of experience in higher education finance at international, national, state, and university levels. Jepsen is now president of the Global Student Loan Corp., a company he co-founded 11 years ago to specialize in private student loans for distance learners and international students. He is regarded as a national leader in the areas of strategic use of financial aid and the use of technology to improve service to students and improve financial aid office efficiency. Jepsen is chairman of the board of the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization that maintains a comprehensive registry of higher education student data. For nine years, Jepsen was the assistant vice president and director of ACT, the non-profit that administers the ACT college entrance exam. While there, he created and managed the unit that would become the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System for Title IV federal student aid -- the system that processes all applications, calculates eligibility, and notifies students and educational institutions of the results. A generous contributor to the School of Education, he has funded the Keith Jepsen International Study Scholarship. It provides Jepsen Scholars resources to participate in the Cultural Immersions Overseas Project, which sends student teachers to work in 15 countries around the world.