August 27, 2008
Gov. Brad Henry has appointed Jonna Raney, director of student financial services at Oklahoma Baptist University, to the Oklahoma's Promise (formerly OHLAP) task force. Oklahoma's Promise is a state scholarship program which allows high school students who qualify to earn college tuition.
Raney will serve on the task force with three financial aid representatives from state schools, one representative from a technical school and three legislators. The state school representatives were appointed by the State Regent Chancellor, Glen D. Johnson. Raney and the tech school representative were appointed by Governor Henry.
"A lot of kids' educations could be drastically affected by changes to the program, so I'm excited to have the opportunity to help all the Oklahoma's Promise students," Raney said.
The task force is charged with reviewing the Oklahoma's Promise program to recommend improvements, Raney said. The group also will review recently approved changes to the program. Raney's appointment is scheduled to continue through December.
"We are delighted that Jonna will be filling this role for our state," said Trent Argo, OBU's dean of enrollment management. "Her expertise in helping students achieve their dream of a college education will be an asset for the task force. This is another way for her to share her gifts and her commitment to enhancing higher education opportunities for Oklahomans."
Raney also recently assumed the role of Electronics Initiatives Chair for the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) which includes financial aid administrators from all college and tech schools across the state. In this role, Raney will work to revamp the association's Web site. She also will facilitate loading conference registration and other training registration on the Web site for the group's members.