SAGE Scholars, Inc. was formed in 1997 with the purpose of promoting the values and affordability of private higher education. SAGE Scholars was started by visionary leaders with higher education experience including the former head of admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Through our unique Tuition Rewards and other programs, SAGE brings together families, colleges & universities, and investment companies to create college funding solutions.
The SAGE Scholars Advisory Council is made up of senior leaders from SAGE partner schools and other institutions. The Advisory Council consists of college presidents, vice presidents of enrollment, directors of financial aid and other senior staff. The Advisory Council works to promote SAGE's programs to colleges and universities across America and advises SAGE on issues related to higher education.
James B. Johnston, Ed.D.
Chairman & CEO
Dr. Johnston is the founder and architect of SAGE Scholars, Inc. A visionary leader in the field of higher education, he works closely with the leaders of private collegiate institutions to make their values oriented educational programs more available and more affordable to families and their children. He developed Tuition Rewards, a college savings plan, in partnership with the member institutions and benefit providers.
Dr. Johnston began his career in education as a professor in the Business Department at Spring Garden College, becoming the first Dean of their Business Management Division. Subsequently, he became Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania where he served for four years. In 1976, he founded Educational Advisory Services, International, an educational consulting firm, the predecessor to SAGE. During this time, he served as Secretary of the Fund for Pennsylvania's State Commission of Higher Education.
Dr. Johnston received his B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University, his M.B.A. and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on several boards of philanthropic and educational institutions. He chaired the first of two national conferences on 529 plans.
COO & VP, Marketing
Robert earned his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, and served in senior marketing positions with organizations involved in direct marketing, retailing and HR services. Robert joined SAGE in 2007. He is a past president & chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association.
Chief Technology Officer
Steve began working with SAGE Scholars in 2001, and transitioned from a consultant to full-time employee in 2005. In addition to his current responsibilities as lead database and Internet developer, Steve also brings new and exciting ideas to SAGE Scholars.
Prior to joining SAGE Scholars, Steve was involved in a Philadelphia based technology company for thirteen years. In 1996, Steve was instrumental in taking this company to new levels by starting one of the earliest family owned Internet Service Providers in the Philadelphia region. Over the past several years, Steve played a key role in directing the company to new markets and helping the company to grow. Steve has over twenty years experience in the technology, Internet, database and programming sectors.
Ginny Johnson BSN, MS, NBCC
Received her BSN in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University. For the past seventeen years, she worked in public schools as a dedicated College/Career Counselor. She has worked with well over 12,000 students and has visited close to 500 Colleges / Universities. Ginny is also an Independent College Consultant that s passionate about working with underrepresented students. Professionally she is a member and past president of PACAC (Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counselors), member and current national committee member of NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors), professional member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and HECA (Higher Education Consultants Organization) and a National Board Certified Counselor.