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Michael D. Sessa


Michael serves as president, chief executive officer and board member of PESC – the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, a position he has held since October 2002. PESC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association of data, software & technology service providers; schools, districts, colleges & universities; college, university & state/province systems; local, state/province & federal government offices; professional, commercial & non- profit organizations; and non-profit associations & foundations.

He promotes interoperability nationally and internationally, the adoption of PESC Approved Standards for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Registrars, and PESC’s mission, which is to lead the establishment & adoption of data exchange standards across education’s digital domain by serving as a standards development and standards-setting body. The goals of the mission are to enable the improvement of institutional performance and foster open, transparent collaboration across educational communities in order to lower costs, improve service, and attain system interoperability.

With these goals and principals, PESC Members and Groups believe that solving common, industry-shared problems brings much needed clarity and coherence to the education eco-system. In this spirit, PESC provides free access without charge to all PESC Approved Standards and technical information on its website for the education community and general public.

PESC hosts two Data Summits annually, one each Spring, one each Fall; and its Annual Best Practices Competition, now in its 19th year; and nine groups and committees.

Prior to PESC, Michael worked 10 years at American Student Assistance as Director of Program Relations and Planning managing industry and government affairs and strategic technological initiatives. He started his career at The Boston Five Cents Savings Bank, a local Boston bank, in retail consumer lending and compliance officer. Michael is a graduate of Dartmouth College and was born and raised in Revere Massachusetts, just north of Boston. He currently resides in Washington DC where PESC is headquartered.


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