David S. Schwanke named Executive Director of Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority

David S. Schwanke named Executive Director of Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority 
Schwanke has served as interim executive director of UHEAA since September 2020 

Utah System of Higher Education Commissioner Dave R. Woolstenhulme named David S. Schwanke as executive director at the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, effective immediately. Schwanke is the current interim executive director at UHEAA, a position he’s held since September 2020.  

Schwanke has been with UHEAA more than 25 years and served as both associate executive director for accounting and finance, deputy executive director and interim executive director. Schwanke also currently serves as chair on the board of the Education Finance Council. 

“David Schwanke was selected to serve as interim executive director of UHEAA in 2020 for his industry knowledge and expertise,” said Dave R. Woolstenhulme, USHE Commissioner of Higher Education. “Since then, he’s successfully led the organization through several transformations and has continued to bring educational opportunities to Utahns through low-cost loans and top-notch community outreach. I am confident in Schwanke’s ability to continue leading UHEAA into its next stage of excellence as the executive director of UHEAA.”  

Prior to his tenure at UHEAA, David Schwanke worked as a senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche. He received his master’s degree in accounting and finance from Utah State University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the UACPA and AICPA. 

“Twenty-five years ago, I was drawn to UHEAA by its mission to assist Utah’s students with paying for college,” said David S. Schwanke, Executive Director of UHEAA. “Education is the key to personal fulfillment, and I’m excited to help Utah students achieve their educational goals.” 

About USHE 

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is governed by the Utah Board of Higher Education and is comprised of Utah’s sixteen public colleges and universities. The CEO of USHE is the Commissioner of Higher Education. For more information, visit ushe.edu

About UHEAA 

The Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA) is a subsidiary of the Utah System of Higher Education and is responsible for administering Utah’s student financial aid programs, including the student loan guarantee program and secondary market and state need-based financial aid. 

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