Vince Roig has been a champion of education for nearly 50 years. As Founding Chairman of the Board of Helios Education Foundation (Helios), Mr. Roig sets the organizational tone and oversees governance, management and related activities with a focus on mission, direction and priorities. His leadership and lifelong commitment to education has helped Helios emerge as one of the largest foundations focused solely on education in both Arizona and Florida. In 2004 he led the corporate conversion of Southwest Student Services Corporation (Southwest) which became Helios with an endowment in excess of $500 million dollars.
Prior to founding Helios, Mr. Roig was the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest and its affiliates for over 20 years. From 1983 to 2004, he guided the issuance of more than 10 billion dollars in private activity bonds to fund student loans. Southwest was a full-service provider of student loan products and services to students, families and schools, with a primary focus in Arizona and Florida.
In 1981, Mr. Roig helped establish and administer the Arizona Educational Loan Program organized through United Student Aid Funds (USA Funds). Prior to joining USA Funds, he worked at Arizona State University, Office of Financial Aid from 1974 through 1981. He began his journey in education in 1972 as Assistant Professor for Higher Education Programs at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He worked in the Financial Aid Office assisting students and parents in financing their education. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in student aid.
In addition to his leadership to Helios, Mr. Roig is currently Chairman of the Board of College Success Arizona and serves on the Stand for Children National, Take Stock in Children, Valley of the Sun United Way, Teach for America Phoenix Advisory Emeritus Board.
He has previously served on the boards of the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Stand for Children National, the Phoenix Art Museum, Stand for Children Arizona Advisory Committee, Teach for America National, Education Finance Council, National Council of Higher Education Resources (formally the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs) and past Chairman of Life Teen, International and a past member of Greater Phoenix Leadership.
He was named the 2013 Afterschool Champion by the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence, the 2014 Hero of Education by the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, a 2014 Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal. He is also a past recipient of the Raul Yzaguirre Community Leadership Award from Valle del Sol.
Mr. Roig holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Athens College, Athens Alabama and a Master of Science from Richmond College, City University of New York. His greatest source of pride is his family, especially his eight grandchildren.