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        Message from the 2015-2016 VASFAA President 

   

Greetings, and welcome to another fantastic year in the history of VASFAA!  This promises to be another exciting year for our organization.  With your help, we will do great things!

This year, our theme is entitled “Opening Doors, Changing Lives”.  I chose this because I believe this is precisely what we, as financial aid counselors, administrators, development partners, and leaders do each and every day.

Why do we do this thing called financial aid?  With the diversity of talent and experience each of our volunteer leaders brings, I’m certain this answer varies depending on who is asked.  For me, it’s simple- I want to make a positive difference in the lives of all students.  As VASFAA members, the work that we do is transformative; what we do provides access to higher education for millions of students across the country. 

With at in mind, this year represents a significant transitional year for our organization, and I’m humbled to be your president during this period.  As higher education has changed significantly, so shall our organization.  With that in mind, I’d like to focus on four specific initiatives that, in my opinion, will help or organization meet the needs of the 21st century financial aid recipient and associate during this year.  They are:

  • Sustain a level of growth needed to further advance the mission of VASFAA in order to better serve the needs of our members.
  • Enhancing the website and increasing the social media presence of the organization.
  • Increasing conference attendance, conference training, and development partner engagement.
  • Offering more face-to-face training for both new and intermediate-level aid associates.

Over the next year, your executive board, and association committees will work tirelessly to focus our efforts on further advancing the mission of VASFAA, brainstorming ways of addressing the four goals mentioned above, and seeking input from VASFAA's most valued resource - our amazing members!  From the input received at the 2015 VASFAA Conference in Norfolk, to the intense two-day planning meeting we just concluded, we are focused and ready to serve our members and the needs you all have expressed.  In short- you've spoken, and we've listened- now it's time for us to roll up our sleeves and demonstrate the significance and value of our amazing organization! 

Many thanks to our amazing Development Partners!  The last decade has seen this industry change so much- your support and belief in the value of a VASFAA membership has helped us both weather the storms of very tumultuous times.  I'm excited to continue this important partnership!

I’d like to give a special thanks to Tarik Boyd, our 2014-2015 VASFAA President, and all of the great leaders that came before him, for the guidance and leadership they have shown, and for bringing us to this special place in the history of our fine organization.  Here’s to a job well done, and for a bright and prosperous future!

-Michael

                                  

        

 

 

 

 


 

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