Linfield Administrative Officer Glenn Ford was appointed to the board of directors of the Oregon 529 College Savings Plan.
Ford said he was happy when State Treasurer Ted Wheeler appointed him to the Oregon 529 Savings Network Board.
His three-year appointment went into effect January 2013.
The State of Oregon created the plan to assist families in saving funds for their children and grandchildren’s college degrees. It permits investors to withdraw funds for education costs without being taxed at the federal or state level.
“Everyone can use the plan and its benefits to help them achieve their goals,” Ford said in an email. “Everyone from parents with young children to older students returning to college for additional training or to start a new career.”
Ford thinks the plan’s state and federal tax benefits will help families with aspiring college students be able to afford a college education.
“The opportunity to serve on a board whose focus is to help Oregonians afford a college education is something I am very happy and passionate about,” Ford said.
Ford is Linfield’s vice president of finance and administration and chief officer and treasurer. He provides direction on matters ranging from investment management to environmental health and safety. He played significant roles in the renovation of T.J. Day Hall and creating Linfield’s new Strategic Plan.
Ford joined Linfield College in July of 2007, but has worked in the field of higher education for 28 years.
He spent 22 years working in university finance and administration departments for Utah State University, Washington State University and the University of Idaho, all the while holding administration positions.
His local involvements include serving on the Board of Directors of the Willamette Valley Medical Center. He was previously a member of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the City of McMinnville Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee.
Ford was a part of the TIAA-CREF National Advisory Council from 2009-12.
Today, he is on the Pioneer Educators Health Trust Board of Directors Treasurer, Liability Insurance Company Board of Directors Underwriting Committee Chair and member of the board of West Coast College Consortium.
Ford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Products and a Master of Business from the University of Idaho.
Ford and his wife Tammy have two adult daughters and live in McMinnville.
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