– USA, PA – Access Group, Inc., announced today that Hannah R. Arterian, Dean and Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law, has been elected as Chair of its Board of Directors. Arterian has served as an Access Group Director since January 2009 and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2011.

Beyond her active role in helping to develop and implement a dynamic strategic plan since joining the Board, Arterian is well-versed in the challenges facing the Access Group’s Institutional Members and their students.

“I have always appreciated Hannah’s perspective and her commitment to law students specifically and legal education generally. As our next Chair, I look forward to continuing our collaboration to implement the strategic goals that Hannah was so instrumental in structuring, including increased services to our members and students, robust research and data analysis and strategic advocacy,” said Christopher P. Chapman, Access Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am humbled and honored to take on this role and move Access Group’s strategic vision forward,” said Arterian. “Working with our Member institutions to fully embrace the important strategic efforts we are pursuing while enhancing the public debate on legal education is my top priority.”

Along with Arterian’s appointment as Chair, two other board officers were elected – W.H. (“Joe”) Knight, Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, will serve as Vice Chair, and Robert Rasmussen, Dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law, and Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, will serve as Secretary and Treasurer. Knight and Rasmussen have served as Access Group Directors since 2009 and 2013, respectively.

“I am proud to serve with such a dedicated and experienced group of Directors,” said Chapman. “The time and commitment offered by the Board to further the Access Group mission truly benefits students, our Member institutions, and legal education.”

About Access Group, Inc.

Access Group, Inc., based in West Chester, PA, is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of 192 State and nonprofit American Bar Association-accredited U.S. law schools. Founded in 1983, Access Group’s service-driven mission leads it to focus on relevant issues and solutions addressing education financing and debt management to help aspiring professionals achieve success. From providing an array of student loan options to educational programs for students and schools to student loan policy advocacy, Access Group has continually evolved to meet the ever-changing challenges and needs of the legal education community, as well as the graduate and professional school community more generally.

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