SOURCE: Vangent, Inc.

January 28, 2008 13:11 ET

Bart Astor Joins Vangent as Senior Advisor, Education Services

Respected Student Financial Aid Leader Brings 25 Years of Experience to Vangent

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and business process outsourcing solutions, today announced that Bart Astor has joined its Education Services team as Senior Advisor, Education Services. In his new role, Astor will work with Vangent's Education Services team on policy and legislative analysis, and on key education issues such as simplifying the financial aid application process and aid awareness.

Prior to joining Vangent, Astor served as Director of the Washington Office of the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP), where he represented the Association with the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior to his work at NASSGAP, Astor was publisher of the College Planning Quarterly publication for families preparing for college. He has served as Director of Student Financing and Regulatory Affairs at Katharine Gibbs School in New York; Fiscal Director of Financial Aid at the City University of New York; and Director of Financial Aid at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA.

Astor graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in Psychology, and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

"Bart has been active in the financial aid community working directly with students, parents, State Departments of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education in his various roles since 1981," said Dan Murray, Vice President of Education Services at Vangent. "He has demonstrated his commitment to implementation of education legislation and policy, and will be a great asset to Vangent's education customers. We are very pleased to have Bart on board at Vangent."

Vangent is ranked #15 on Federal Times' list of Top 100 Professional Services Contractors and #39 on Washington Technology's 2007 list of Top 100 Federal Government Prime Contactors, topping the list of companies in the IT Services industry sector. Vangent is a major contractor to the U.S. Department of Education and has been developing student financial aid systems for the Department since 1983. The company processes some 14 million Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually and determines eligibility for the Department's $83 billion federal student aid programs.

About Vangent, Inc.

With over 5,500 employees worldwide, Vangent, Inc. is a leading global provider of Consulting, Systems Integration, Human Capital Management and Business Process Outsourcing services to the U.S. federal and international governments, higher education institutions and corporations. Clients include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Justice and Labor; the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

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