About College Raptor

College Raptor is more than just a college planning tool. It's a whole new way to make smarter decisions about college. We are the only site that offers side-by-side comparisons of estimated financial aid packages along with simplified campus match scores and admission chances.

With College Raptor, students and families have the power to make the best decisions. Not only can they find the schools that best fit their academic and career goals, but they can find the institutions that are most affordable, reduce their need for student debt and create a plan for maximizing their chances of getting in and receiving the most aid.

College Raptor is like a cheat sheet for making smarter, more affordable college choices.


College Raptor Team
William Staib
William E. Staib
President and CEO, Co-Founder

Bill is an information technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience starting and growing data-based companies. After multiple successful ventures in financial services, online commerce, and manufacturing, he focused his efforts on using data to solve challenges facing higher education. Bill has five kids and a foster daughter, with four in college. He first started working on College Raptor as a way to help his children compare colleges.

 

Scott Blodgett
Scott Blodgett
Co-Founder

Scott is a technology expert with extensive experience designing and building technology systems. He has served in VP and Chief Technology Officer roles at multiple international companies, leading development teams for more than two decades. He's a father of two, also going through the college search process.

 

Jeff Pierpont
Jeff Pierpont
Vice President of College Partnerships

Jeff works with our campus partners to develop products and solutions that help them meet institutional goals. He has over a decade of experience partnering with colleges and universities to understand and solve challenges related to marketing, student recruitment and financial aid.

 

Mike Sapienza
Mike Sapienza
Director of College Partnerships

Mike partners with colleges and universities to enhance their recruitment and financial aid efforts with College Raptor's customized suite of services. He has served in enrollment leadership roles on three different campuses and has also worked as a consultant partnering with numerous institutions to address a variety of enrollment-related issues.

 

Allison Wignall
Allison Wignall
Associate Editor

Allison started as a Content and Research intern where she wrote blog posts for College Raptor. Now she edits their content as well. She attended the University of Iowa and majored in English--Creative Writing.

 

Liz Skogerboe
Liz Skogerboe
Marketing and Outreach Specialist

Liz is the Marketing and Outreach Specialist for College Raptor. She holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Her passions include higher education and student development, stemming from her on-campus involvement at Iowa.

 

Board of Directors
Richard Ferguson
Dr. Richard Ferguson

Richard is a higher education innovator, best known for serving 22 years as the CEO and Chairman of ACT, where he grew the company to its current position as the most-taken college entrance exam in the United States. He brings extensive knowledge and a deep passion for higher education to the College Raptor team.

 

Patrick Gavin
Patrick Gavin

As a successful entrepreneur with a large focus on higher education, Patrick has spent nearly 10 years connecting students from all around the world with colleges and universities. His deep expertise in the education space, marketing and growth strategies helps guide College Raptor toward success.

 

Advisory Board
Michael Barron
Michael Barron

Mr. Barron has spent more than 45 years in college admissions and enrollment management, including managing enrollment and admissions for the University of Iowa for nearly three decades. Barron is now an independent consultant in higher education with specialties in enrollment management organization and structure; admissions operations; recruitment; marketing strategies and systems; financial aid leveraging; and higher education management, including state, regional and national networking.

 

Kenneth Craycraft
Dr. Kenneth Craycraft

Ken Craycraft is retired executive vice president at Academic Partnerships and former chief academic officer and vice chancellor for the Texas State University System. With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, Craycraft has worked as a professor and in numerous administrative positions, as well as served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout his career, Craycraft has worked closely with legislators, regents and others to increase accessibility and affordability in higher education.

 

Ted Sanders
Dr. Ted Sanders

Ted Sanders brings a wealth of expertise in all facets of education to College Raptor, For more than 40 years, he has held a wide variety of positions in education in government, colleges and universities and the private sector. In addition to serving as acting Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education, Sanders lead statewide school programs in Nevada, Ohio and Illinois. He also served as president of Southern Illinois University and lead policy research as president of Education Commission of the States. His variety of experience and depth of expertise in all facets of education provide critical insight for how College Raptor can operate to best serve students, parents and the education community.

 

Larry Large
Dr. Larry D. Large

Larry is a retired university president and a professional campus administrator with over four decades of experience. He is president emeritus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, served two years as interim president of Sierra Nevada College and in 2010 was interim president of Willamette University. Larry was the founding president of the OAICU (The Alliance) from 2012 and 2016; and has continued his consulting practice that specializes in strategic and financial planning for public and private colleges and universities.
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