Rick Torres, president and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse, was named the 2013 Minority Business Leader by the Washington Business Journal.
Torres joined the Herndon, Va.-based National Student Clearinghouse as its president in 2008. The nonprofit company serves as a single point of contact for the collection and verification of enrollment, degree and certificate records.
Since taking over the top position five years ago, the Clearinghouse has grown to include more than 3,300 institutions, nearly 7,000 high schools and 800-plus school districts. Torres led the organization to create the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in 2010, which is the source for data on student enrollment information and completion outcomes.
Torres serves on a variety of boards, including the Foundation Board of John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Va., and the boards of the American Association of Community Colleges and the National College Access Network.
The Washington Business Journal recognizes the region's top minority business leaders based on business success over the past 12-18 months. Nominees are judged on community leadership, professional accomplishments and awards. Twenty-five were selected for honors this year, according to a press release.
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