PhD student Terron Phillips named graduate student president of NEFA

Terron Phillips, a third-year doctoral student in the College of Education at Purdue University, has been appointed Graduate Student President of the National Education Finance Academy (NEFA).

As the Graduate Student President, Phillips will serve a year-long term acting as a graduate student liaison to the NEFA Board of Trustees. He will organize and engage the organization’s graduate student constituency to ensure their voices are included in larger organizational conversations and decisions.

The mission of the National Education Finance Academy is to promote scholarly inquiry, to advance knowledge, and to inform policy and practice in the field of education finance.  The National Education Finance Academy serves scholars, students, policymakers and practitioners in the fields of P-12 education finance, higher education finance, economics of education, education law, and educational policy. 

Phillips received a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University, and is currently working towards his doctorate in the Educational Studies Higher Education program in Purdue’s College of Education. His research interests include student retention, persistence, academic and social engagement, financial literacy, and intersectionality.

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