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University narrows search for Financial Aid Director

Two finalists for the position of Director of Financial Aid will present at open forums in early February.  

The forums offer staff, faculty and students the chance to learn more about each candidate who will present their experience and motivation for applying to A&M-SA.

Arnold Trejo will present 12:45-2:25 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Vista Room of the Central Academic Building.  Trejo serves as the executive director of Financial Aid & Veteran Affairs for Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Philip Rodgers is tentatively scheduled for next week on Feb. 6. University Communications will distribute a date and time to all faculty when details are available. He was originally scheduled to speak on Jan. 31, but his flight was delayed due to weather conditions.  Rodgers serves as the current administrative consultant for the Monteflore School of Nursing in Mount Vernon, New York where he oversees administration of the institution’s financial aid and student services operations.

The university’s leader of financial aid and scholarships will be “responsible for all aspects of financial aid and scholarship operations to ensure accurate, prompt and effective service delivery to students,” according to the job posting.

The employee will work alongside the growing university, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year,  to achieve its vision and mission of student enrollment, retention by providing leadership over the policy, administration, application, award and reporting of all federal, state, institution student financial aid programs and scholarships.  The director also assures compliance with federal, state, and institutional financial aid regulations, policies and procedures.

Amy Tijerina, executive assistant for enrollment management, confirmed Amy Anderson served at the previous director of Financial Aid.  Anderson worked as interim director, but she vacated the position. Prior to Anderson, the Financial Aid Director was Angelica Williams.

“I’m not part of the search committee,” Tijerina said.  “But I can say that everybody is really excited to hire somebody and get that position filled.”

Tijerina said the department is seeking a candidate with at least 10 years experience with the preparation to serve as a strong and dynamic leader.  She added they are actively seeking feedback from the open forum attendees on candidates. This is something the campus often does when recruiting new staff and faculty, Tijerina said by telephone Jan. 31.

Feedback forms will be provided at each of the two open forum for attendees to pick up and fill out.  

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Joyce Raposo
Joyce Raposo is a senior Communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Editor-in-Chief for the Mesquite Student Media. In 1992, she received her Associates degree in Liberal Arts from St. Philip’s College but took a hiatus from school to build a career in the medical industry. Joyce has years of experience working in Public Relations and Marketing, but looks forward to finally completing her bachelor’s degree in December 2018. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys Austin’s live music scene and keeping up with the latest alternative music and artists. She also loves to travel, dining out at trendy new restaurants and cooking for friends and family. After graduation, Joyce plans to use her love of music, public relations background and her journalism education to launch a new career in the music industry, which is her one true passion.

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