President and CEO
Tuition Plan Consortium (TPC)
Saint Louis, MO
Nancy Farmer is president and CEO of Tuition Plan Consortium (TPC), sponsor of the Private College 529 Plan. In that capacity, she is responsible for the administration and operations of TPC, and she promotes the plan with the 273 member institutions and recruits additional institutions to participate. She represents the Plan with higher education and financial services associations, and is the national spokesperson for the Private College 529 Plan.
Prior to joining TPC, Farmer spent 20 years in public service in appointed and elected offices. She started as executive director of a non-profit neighborhood organization, and was later elected to three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives where she chaired the Ways and Means Committee. She directed government affairs for the mayor of St. Louis and then was appointed by the Missouri state treasurer to serve as his deputy, managing the day-to-day operations of the treasurer's office. In 2000, Farmer was elected as the first woman state treasurer of Missouri where she was responsible for the state's investment portfolio, banking services, unclaimed property and Missouri's Section 529 savings plan, MOST.
Farmer's commitment to private higher education is deeply personal. She is a member of the first generation in her family to attend college, and she credits her enrollment at small, liberal arts Illinois College with her success. She was honored to serve as an alumni trustee for Illinois College.
Farmer is married to Darrell Hartke, an industrial-organizational psychologist who is a management consultant at Aon Hewitt. They live in St. Louis, where they enjoy restoring their 100-year-old bungalow, spending time in Forest Park and spoiling their two rescued cats, Bud and Lou.