Chas' passing is a loss to many people across the nation, like me, who knew him through his work as an advocate for students and state student aid programs.
I met Chas about 25 years ago through The National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP). His knowledge of issues and his commitment to the organization was so valuable and impressive. Literally, his presentations were the key element of every meeting.
Saving state and federal student aid partnerships was his special mission. He succeeded even in the face of supposedly insurmountable odds. As a result, millions of federal dollars were available to students for about two decades through state student aid programs. Tens of thousands of students across the country don't know it but they owe a good part of their college education to Chas' efforts.
I heard Chas say this about others, but I think this compliment clearly applied to Chas himself and was absolutely true – “Like in the old E.F. Hutton ad, when Chas spoke everyone stopped and listened”.
My sincere condolences go to his family, friends, and many, many, colleagues.