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Meritize Expands Executive Team With Addition of
Student Services Veteran
-Company To Increase Student Lending Using Academic Data–
DALLAS, TX, January 15, 2017 – Meritize, an educational lender that leverages individual academic data to enhance credit evaluation and expand student lending, today announced the addition of Robert Park as Vice President, School and Student Services. In his role at Meritize, Park will be responsible for the growth and development of the company’s post-secondary school partnerships, offering lending that incorporates academic data into underwriting strategies, expanding loan access to students who may have thin credit profiles or lack a cosigner.
As head of Meritize Student Services, Park will assist colleges and skills-based schools with data-driven planning, analysis and strategy implementation in order to improve schools’ ability to positively impact student performance, educational outcomes and job success.
Park brings more than 15 years of experience in finance and higher education services with specific expertise in career management and broad exposure across various industries. Prior to joining Meritize, he served as the Head of Career Strategy and Professional Development for Social Finance (SoFi) and built the first-of-its-kind career services practice for the lending industry, assisting thousands of SoFi borrowers in securing new job opportunities. Before SoFi, Park was Executive Director and Assistant Dean for the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester where he led the Career Management Center and Corporate Relations department. During his time at the university, the school improved placement metrics more than any other institution among the top 70 in the country. In addition to his experience in career management, Park has also been an entrepreneur, co-founding and leading a talent acquisition firm, a consultant for Arthur Andersen Consulting and an Infantry Officer for the United States Army.
“Bob brings true visionary leadership to Meritize, spearheading our growth to expand student lending and improve credit access for emerging post-secondary education segments,” said Chris Keaveney, CEO, Meritize. “He will play a vital role in our corporate mission to close the funding gap that exists, especially among skills-based schools, and increase loan access by giving students financial credit for their academic merit.”
Park has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from SUNY Oswego as well as a Juris Doctorate from Temple University.
Meritize is an educational lender that uses an individual’s academic record in credit evaluation to expand funding options for emerging, post-secondary education segments. The company’s proprietary Meritize Score goes beyond traditional underwriting to leverage individual academic performance, resulting in enhanced lending decisions, increased loan access, better loan terms and improved outcomes. By giving financial credit for their academic merit, Meritize is able to provide educational funding to individuals who might otherwise be denied due to thin or no credit profiles. Dallas-based Meritize is privately held. For more information visit 172.24.16.136.
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