TouchNet Recognized as Finalist in Two Categories for The EdTech Awards 2024

4/2/2024 7:00 PM

LENEXA, Kan. – TouchNet, a Global Payments company, has been named a finalist for two awards from The EdTech Awards 2024: Heather Richmond, vice president of marketing for TouchNet, is a 2024 finalist in the Leadership category for her work as the host of TouchNet’s podcast, FOCUS: On the Business of Higher Education, and TouchNet’s newest solution, Student Account Advisor, is a 2024 finalist for Cool Tool category.

Since launching the podcast, Richmond has led more than 50 conversations that address the challenges and opportunities facing the business of higher education. Topics range from innovative technology solutions and evolving security and compliance issues to disruptions caused by the pandemic, important trends with Generation Z, and using data to make smarter decisions. Notable guests include Ellucian CEO Laura Ipsen, Inside Higher Ed co-founder Doug Lederman, GradGuard co-founder John Fees, author and researcher Hana Ben-Shabat, and NACCU CEO Dawn Thomas.

“I am honored to be named among the finalists for the 2024 EdTech Leadership Award,” said Richmond. “It’s a privilege to host thought-provoking conversations with leaders from across the higher ed community. The collaborative nature of those in higher education is special and there is so much to learn from each other.”

TouchNet’s Student Account Advisor is a new integrated software solution that offers a one-stop view of the student account for any campus employee, bringing together student information from multiple sources and empowering staff to proactively advise students as they visit campus offices for assistance. Advisor is perfect for institutions wanting to ensure that student engagement and retention are not negatively impacted by obstacles outside the classroom. 

“We’ve heard from our clients for years that they needed a better way to serve students from a consolidated, single source,” said Adam McDonald, president of TouchNet. “We are proud to deliver a solution for our clients with our Student Account Advisor product and truly appreciate being named as a finalist for the EdTech Awards.”

The EdTech Awards recognizes people and companies for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The annual program recognizes three main honors: Cool Tool Awards, Leadership Awards, and Trendsetter Awards. The full list of this year’s finalists and winners can be found here:

“Warm and hearty congratulations to all The EdTech Awards 2024 finalists and winners—very, very well done! The barriers education technology leaders have overcome in the last few years to make it to where they are today — well, that’s a cause for celebration!” said Victor Rivero, who as editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the program. 

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EdTech Digest, a leading source of cool tools, interviews, and trends showcasing the future of learning — annually honors the best and brightest people, products and groups working in edtech with The EdTech Awards. Cool Tool, Leadership, and Trendsetter honorees span the K-12, Higher Ed, and Skills & Workforce sectors. The EdTech Awards were established in 2010 and past winners include Adobe, Claned, Soundtrap, Blackboard, Discovery Education, DreamBox, Edthena, Promethean, Scholastic, SMART Technologies, zSpace and more.


TouchNet unifies campuswide payments and ID management software solutions for institutions of higher education around the world. Colleges and universities rely on TouchNet to integrate and secure payments, permissions, and other related business transactions for a comprehensive, actionable view campuswide. TouchNet’s unmatched integration, transparency, and security gives institutions greater control over transactions, costs, and compliance. As the market leader in higher education commerce technology, our platform-driven approach enables greater operational efficiencies and self-service access to real-time information for students and staff. TouchNet is a Global Payments company (NYSE: GPN).