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Changes Announced in Student Financial Services

November 04, 2010

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    Student Financial Services staff
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    Glendi Gaddis, director of Student Financial Services

With longtime director Glendi Gaddis soon to depart for her new position at Trinity University in Texas, Student Financial Services is announcing a series of personnel and operational changes.

Interim director

Anastacia Dillon, currently serving as associate director in SFS, will become interim director after Gaddis’s departure on Dec. 3. In addition, the office will hire a financial aid counselor on a temporary basis to participate in the next awarding cycle.

“Anastacia is an experienced financial aid professional who is principled and collaborative,” Gaddis said. “During her time as associate director, she has been instrumental in crafting most of the policies and procedures within the department and has long expressed a desire to become involved in the College on a wider institutional level. That combination of familiarity and desire for continued learning will serve both Anastacia and the College well.”

A search for the next SFS director will be launched after the appointment of the new Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, which is expected next semester.

Transition to direct lending

Thanks to the work of SFS Senior Assistant Director Karen Fobert, the office has completed a seamless transition to processing federal financial aid loans under the Federal Direct Loan (FDL) program. The transition to FDL from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program was required by a change in federal law.

Moving the processing of over $40 million in federal student loans from one program to another was a complex and challenging project, Gaddis said. “It is a real testimony to Karen and to the Student Financial Services staff as a whole that we were able to facilitate student loan processing for the 2010-11 year under a new program, with relatively little impact to students and families or the College as a whole,” she said. “This is but one example of the outstanding work that is accomplished by staff here in Student Financial Services on a routine basis—work that is so important but not often recognized beyond our group.”

Tribute to Glendi Gaddis

Gaddis, who began her Lewis & Clark career in 1998, is becoming financial aid director at Trinity, a liberal arts college in San Antonio.

“Glendi’s impact on Lewis & Clark has been truly remarkable,” Associate Provost Mervyn Brockett said. “During her time here, with a staff that numbers the same as when she arrived, the Office of Student Financial Services has tripled the volume of work that it is responsible for. This extraordinary accomplishment is a tribute to Glendi’s strong leadership and technical competence. We will miss her greatly, but her legacy is a skilled and dedicated staff who will continue to outperform as they have always done.”

The campus community is invited to a farewell gathering for Gaddis on Thursday, December 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Armstrong Lounge.