Your View: Community leaders voice support for Navient

January 27th, 2018 11:58 pm

As leaders and members of Northeastern Pennsylvania, we write to voice our support for our friends, neighbors and family members who are employed at Navient, a company that traces its roots in the community to three decades ago.

Navient is a major employer in the region and contributes much to our community.

Navient has generously contributed to some of our most important and valued NEPA organizations. In fact, many employees are graduates of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre program, contributing personally and professionally to enhance the quality of life here in our NEPA region.

Because of the support of the company, its employees and the Navient Foundation, organizations like United Way of Wyoming Valley, Relay for Life of Wyoming Valley, Osterhout Free Library, Hanover Township Fire Department, Luzerne County Head Start and Junior Achievement have been able to more effectively serve our community.

That is why it is disappointing to see sensational media coverage and public statements made by some that are not factual in nature. Given Navient’s track record of helping student loan borrowers succeed and based upon what we know of the company, we ask you to join us in avoiding prejudging the litigation and instead allow the legal process to unfold.

Just as you and I do, our colleagues at Navient work hard at their jobs. They work with very complex programs in a politically charged environment. We encourage you to visit Navient.com/legalfacts to learn more.

Lynn Evans Biga

Executive director, Luzerne County Head Start, Inc.

Bill Jones

President and CEO, United Way of Wyoming Valley

Richard Miller

Executive director, Osterhout Free Library

Lori Nocito

Executive director, Leadership Wilkes-Barre

Joseph Temerantz

Department chief, Hanover Township Fire and Rescue

Wico Van Genderen

President and CEO, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber

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