Education Assistance Authority

Commission Details

Board Website 
Board Website
Long Name 
State Education Assistance Authority
Governor Appointments 
Total Board Positions 
Cite Name 
N.C. Gen. Stat.
Cite Number 
§ 116-203
Term Length 
4 Years
The State Education Assistance Authority promotes access to education by administering grant, scholarship, loan and savings programs designed to help North Carolinians meet the cost of education at public and private colleges and universities and K-12 nonpublic schools, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students. The Board has nine members, seven of whom are appointed by the governor for four year terms.

Current Members

Member Name 
Appointment Date 
Term End Date 
Term Type 
Ms. Phoebe J. Emory2/26/20161/15/2020LimitedExpertise in Secondary/Higher Education
Ms. Deirdra C. Williams8/16/20181/15/2022LimitedExpertise in Secondary/Higher Education
Ms. Chandler E. Thompson10/5/20151/15/2019LimitedExpertise in Secondary/Higher Education
Mr. William R. McKinney10/27/20161/15/2020LimitedExpertise in Finance
Mr. Clay H. Jackson12/10/20181/15/2021LimitedExpertise in Finance
Dr. Suzanne R. Mellow-Irwin2/24/20161/15/2019LimitedPublic Member at-large with an interest in higher education
Mr. James O. Roberts10/28/20101/15/2022LimitedCFO of Coll./Univ. that is member of NC Indep. Coll. & Univ; rec by NC Indep. Coll. & Univ.

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