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President Glassner in Washington, D.C., for meetings on climate change and student aid

November 19, 2015

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    Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner and Pomona College President David Oxtoby at the White House.

Joining a group of invited college presidents, student leaders, and heads of leading environmental organizations, President Barry Glassner took part in a White House roundtable on Thursday, November 19. The conversation is part of the White House’s run up to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference beginning in Paris on November 30.

Moderated by Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Karen Florini, the State Department envoy on Climate Change, the group discussed higher education’s best practices on issues of sustainability. Last April, the Princeton Review recognized Lewis & Clark as the nation’s No. 1 college in sustainability in its Guide to Green Colleges. And the Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law program is ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

During his time in the nation’s capital, President Glassner is also participating in a meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is a national delegate to the group’s board of directors, which gives Lewis & Clark a greater voice in setting national policy and legislative priorities for private higher education for the next three years.

One of the key initiatives being discussed is a financial aid intiative, #SaveStudentAid. As part of that initiative, NAICU is lobbying Congress to help save the Perkins Loan Program, which is set to expire.