EASFAA Friends & Colleagues,
This is a very exciting time for our association. The number of EASFAA memberships is growing and, therefore, we are growing in talent and community. Our Institutional Membership option is allowing us to reach all staff at member institutions, which in turn allowed us to reach a broader audience. The talent and dedication of our members to serving each other, our students, parents and institutions is remarkable. It is my honor to serve as EASFAA President for 2019-2020 and I look forward to getting to meet more and more of you as I visit our region this year.
EASFAA’s vision is to aspire to be the leader in the development of empowered financial aid professionals. Our mission is to promote and support the advancement of our members in higher education utilizing training, advocacy, and leadership development opportunities.
I personally invite each of you to get involved and volunteer. My personal experiences as a volunteer have been very rewarding and educational. It is not only an opportunity for you to grow professionally and develop new skills, but to also expand your professional network and make new friends! Please complete the EASFAA Volunteer Form on our website and let us know what interests you and how you would like to get involved.
In support of our vision and mission, we will continue to offer a wide range of training opportunities through our EASFAA Leads webinars, Tuesdays @ 2 webinars, NASFAA credential opportunities, and annual training topic. In addition, please note that the annual conference will be May 3-6, 2020 at the Doubletree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, Manchester, NH.
A lot of work has been completed on the EASFAA Long Range Strategic Plan and we hope to finalize the plan by our Fall meeting. We will continue to support the association through our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Federal Relations and, in addition, I will be exploring support for Graduate and Professional school interests and a passion of mine, mentorship. Stay tuned for more information on activities in these areas.
Please take a moment to review the list of this year's Council and committee members. These colleagues are giving their time and energy to support EASFAA, our profession, and the students we serve. I am very grateful to work with each of them.
We are a more vibrant and effective association when we have a variety of perspectives, ideas and experiences to share with each other. I challenge you to continue to grow and develop, hopefully we have the right mix of offerings to support you. I welcome your ideas and look forward to making new EASFAA friends! Thank you for the honor to serve as EASFAA President.
University of Vermont