Education Experts Improving Your Workforce and Your Bottom Line

We had this great idea about education. That's why we created College Gateway for America.

Some of the most exciting conversations begin with "What if…?" That's what happened when members of the College Gateway for America team — colleagues and acquaintances in the education field — started discussing some of the specific challenges facing employers, the workforce, and post-secondary education institutions. So we decided to put our over 100 years of collective experience in education to work on behalf of those specific audiences in a way no one has.

While the list of our combined areas of expertise tell one story (school governance and administration; academic support; curriculum development; marketing and recruiting; compliance; operations; technology and cloud operations), words that tell another should also be in that list. Enthusiasm. Passion. Drive. Commitment.

The College Gateway for America team brings all that and more to work on behalf of every client. We invite you to experience the expertise, enthusiasm, vision and transformation we are bringing to how education is done. Give us a call, send us a message. We look forward to working with you to bring about real change.

Meet the Team

Thomas Snyder

Chairman & Chief Development Officer

Tom is also the President-Emeritus of Ivy Tech Community College the nation’s largest single, statewide, community college System. He joined Ivy Tech in 2007, after serving as Chairman CEO/President of a billion dollar automotive enterprise which was a division of General Motors. During his 11 years in this role, he established a new business model and diversified the company from a $500 million automotive parts supplier to a global leader in truck, off-road and aftermarket products with more than 6,000 employees worldwide and $1.3 billion in sales. Mr. Snyder was selected by President Barack Obama to serve on the College Promise Advisory Board in September 2015, which brings together luminaries and leaders to share best practices and ideas for models to make community college free and to serve as a way for those leaders to recruit more of their peers to join the cause. The independent College Promise Advisory Board was chaired by Dr. Jill Biden, Vice-Chaired by former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and directed by former Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter.

Martin Van Buren

President & Chief Operating Officer

Martin serves as our President and Chief Operating Officer. Martin has a passion for education and is a ten-year veteran of the post-secondary education industry. He has held various executive roles including Chief Information Officer for a post-secondary institution as well as serving as Chief Operating Officer for a Cloud Services company. During his post-secondary education tenure, he also was instrumental in developing relevant, high-impact curriculum, operations, and establishing industry best practices in data analytics that directly helped positively impact student outcomes. Additionally, he has experience leading dozens of large-scale projects from his experience at two “big four” consulting firms.

Martin is passionate in helping increase affordable access to quality education, improving student outcomes, and in building effective cross functional teams that cohesively deliver results. In College Gateway for America, Martin is living his dream of being able to help people change their lives through an education.

Martin has a Master’s of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Management from the University of Pittsburgh.