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Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission
Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael Marion, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento, was recently appointed to the California Student Aid Commission, where he will support the mission to make higher education more accessible for California students.

Appointments to the Commission are made by California Governor Jerry Brown and the position requires State Senate confirmation. As a commissioner, Marion will represent private and secondary education schools. He’ll attend his first Commission meeting in November.

“It’s a huge honor to be considered by Governor Brown for this role and be able to join some of the outstanding individuals who are already serving as commissioners,” Marion said. “This is a great opportunity to give back to students to make sure they can access financial aid and have the opportunity to be successful in college.”

As someone who went through the community college system as a student and has worked for several community colleges as well as four-year universities, Marion is familiar with the needs of students in the state when it comes to financial aid and higher education.

“I was one of those students who needed financial help, so I recognize how important it is to receive extra funding,” Marion said. “It’s also critically important to me as an educator, because some Drexel students wouldn’t be able to get through our university without some type of aid. I look forward to working alongside the other commissioners and help give students the opportunity to obtain higher education, have a brighter future, and be in a position to give back to the community and contribute to the economy as professionals.

Marion’s career began in student affairs at San Diego State University, his alma mater for undergraduate and master’s studies. He also worked at Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California, where he received his doctorate in education. In 2008 he joined Radford University in Virginia as associate dean of students, before returning to California and Cosumnes River College in 2010. 

Marion has established a reputation as a leader among young professionals in Sacramento. He is the incoming chairman of Metro EDGE, the young professionals division of the regional Chamber of Commerce, and he graduated from the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program as well as the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy.

All of Drexel’s academic programs are focused at the heart of Greater Sacramento’s growth and economic development initiatives – health, entrepreneurial business, human resources and education. 

Drexel – a top-ranked, national comprehensive university – currently offers students, through Drexel Sacramento, five master's, one doctorate and one post-baccalaureate program designed for working professionals in the fields of entrepreneurial business, human resource development, education and health care. 

Drexel offers a variety of fellowships, scholarships and grants that are only available in Sacramento, enhancing the region's existing leadership initiatives and supporting working professionals as they advance their careers. Drexel Sacramento is a Cal Grant eligible institution.

For more information about Drexel University Sacramento’s programs in California, visit www.drexel.edu/sacramento or call (916) 325-4600.