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Press Release 11-11-2019

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Wayne Johnson Plan for Ending Student Debt, Reforming How American Pays
For Higher Education Featured at American Enterprise Institute Event Thursday

Atlanta, Ga. November 11, 2019 -- A. Wayne Johnson’s plan to solve the student loan debt crisis and reshape how citizens pay for higher education continues to draw attention from a wide cross-section of America.

On Thursday, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), widely considered one of the leading think tanks in the conservative world, will host Johnson for a presentation and Q&A at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The session takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the AEI Auditorium (1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW). The event will be live streamed on AEI’s website ( and interested parties can register for the discussion at the site or join the discussion on social media with #CancelStudentDebt.

“More and more conservatives want to discuss the plan because they know this is a crisis that will take a solution based on conservative principles,” said Johnson, who announced his plan on Oct. 24 in deciding to seek appointment to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. “The attention over the past three weeks has generated good ideas that make the plan better.”

Nat Malkus, resident scholar and deputy director of education policy at AEI, will host the event while Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at AEI, will interview Johnson. The full interview will be available online within 24 hours.

AEI says of the session, “Although there are few details about Dr. Johnson’s plan, many wonder if this is a turning point in the debate about student debt. Some see his plan as an emerging conservative case for loan forgiveness, but others view it as out of step with core principles.”

Johnson’s plan has been featured on NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC and CNBC and reported on by The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Johnson, 67, is a successful businessman who served for two and a half years as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. There, he oversaw the federal government’s $1.4 trillion portfolio of student loans and introduced several improvements in the program, including making it possible to apply for financial aid – FAFSA – on a mobile device.

Johnson is seeking to receive the appointment of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to finish the term of retiring Senator Johnny Isakson, who has served Georgia in Congress for two decades.

Johnson makes his home in his birthplace of Macon and is a lifelong resident of Georgia and has built businesses throughout the United States as well as in Argentina and Brazil. Johnson has a doctorate in higher education leadership from Mercer University, an MBA from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from Mercer. He is also a U.S. Army veteran.


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