Newsletter and Subscription Sign Up

Thornton Named President & CEO-Elect of NHHEAF

Published Tuesday Sep 18, 2018

Christina ThorntonChristiana Thornton will be named president and CEO of the NHHEAF Network Organizations and will assume the leadership role upon the retirement of current president & CEO René A. Drouin in February 2019.  Thornton, currently the president and CEO of the NH Bankers Association, will become the fourth president. 

The NHHEAF Network Organizations are composed of three active 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies - New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF), Granite State Management & Resources (GSM&R), and New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO). 

“With Christiana’s extensive experience directing the activities of the NHBA and its associated entities, as well as her legislative background, we are confident Christiana will continue to guide the Organizations as the organization continues to support New Hampshire students pursuing higher education,” says Cornelius Joyce, chairman of Granite State Management & Resources Board of Trustees.  “On behalf of our employees, we welcome her to the Organizations.”

Thornton has served in her current capacity at the Bankers Association since 2011. Prior to that, she served as a legislative aide to former U.S. Senator John E. Sununu, with work in the areas of education, finance, healthcare, and community development.  She is a graduate of Rollins College.

“I am pleased for this opportunity to join the dedicated team at The NHHEAF Network Organizations. As a first-generation college student from New Hampshire, I appreciate the challenges our students and their families face as they pursue higher education,” says Thornton. “The services provided by the Organizations for over 55 years are critical to our state’s students as they aspire to further their academic dreams. I look forward to working with our employees to further our mission of helping New Hampshire families plan and pay for college.”

All Stories