Fellow FASFAA Colleagues:
It is with great honor and privilege that I serve as your 2014-15 FASFAA President. I am looking forward to a year of excitement, opportunities, and experiences. Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance, but a willingness and genuine desire to engage, inspire, and elicit greatness in others. It is my desire to be a servant leader this year as we focus on “Reshaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”.
As we progress full speed ahead into the busy season, we need to take a step back and remember the passion we had when we first started working in the financial aid office, and the desire we had to fight battles, within our institution, in reference to creating a better system for our students. That desire and passion must be nurtured and passed on to successive leaders to ensure a strong financial aid future. As our profession changes and expands, we must continuously cultivate new leadership. This will be our purpose for the year, as new leadership begets innovative ideas and strategies.
I strongly believe that we have one of the most important offices on campus, for without financial aid, many students would forgo post-secondary education altogether. As a matter of fact, several studies have shown a positive correlation between financial aid and persistence to college graduation. This year, as we balance competing demands to make financial aid a reality for many students we will embark on a journey to mentor new leadership, increase relevant training opportunities, and engage in fiscally responsible decision making.
It is my hope that you and I will work together this year to engage in training opportunities that are relevant and timely, while mentoring future FASFAA leaders. I am overjoyed that I have this opportunity to serve as your 2014-2015 President and I look forward to serving you with this year.
Next year’s conference will be held May 19th – 22nd at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Florida. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there. If you have stepped up to serve FASFAA this year, I would like to personally thank you. If you would like to become more involved, please complete the volunteer form and someone will contact you soon. Now is the time to get involved, as Board members and Committee Chairs will be searching for volunteers to serve on committees, at workshops, and/or during the annual conference. Together, we can continue to make a difference!
Thank you again for this opportunity and I look forward to a great year of servant leadership.
Stephanie D. Watson
2014-15 FASFAA President