The plan, administered by the State of Oregon, helps families save for their children’s or grandchildren’s college degrees, allowing investors to withdraw funds for education expenses free from federal and state income tax.
“Statistics show that college graduates earn 74 percent more income than employees with only a high school diploma,” Ford said. “Over a lifetime career, the difference can add up to more than $800,000. That’s why this program is so important to families throughout Oregon.”
At Linfield College, Ford serves on the President’s Cabinet, where he provides vision and administrative oversight for budgeting and planning, investment management and capital planning. He also oversees facilities, administrative affairs, human resources, information technology, and campus safety and environmental health. Ford was instrumental in the restoration of T.J. Day Hall and the development of the school’s new Strategic Plan. He has been responsible for creating an environment of trust and respect at the small college.
Ford has also been active in the local community, serving on the board of directors for the Willamette Valley Medical Center. He formerly served on the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce board and was a member of the McMinnville Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee.
Regionally, Ford serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the Pioneer Educators Health Trust, chair of the underwriting committee of the board of directors of the College Liability Insurance Company, and board member of the West Coast College Consortium.