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Pursuing an Advanced Degree while Working Full Time:
Lessons Learned from the Field

Tue, Mar 5, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Have you thought about going back to school?  Are you worried about how you may balance that with an already full plate at work and home?  You will hear from three experts in the field that have conquered this giant question and have lived to tell the story.  Each has a different path and desired outcome, but what they have in common is that they are incredibly well respected Financial Aid professionals who have dedicated their time, energy, and smarts to pursing advanced degrees. Learn from them and begin to build your support network for your next steps! 

Presented by EASFAA Leads: EASFAA Leads is a professional development series meant to enhance the training experience for its members.  In its second year of existence, the committee will seek to build on the momentum the inaugural year to provide training for members looking to engage more deeply in their own leadership and professional development journey. 


Philip Hawkins, Ph.D.
George Washington University Law School
Director of Financial Aid

Philip Hawkins is the Director of Financial Aid at the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC.  Prior to this position, Philip worked in Financial Aid at 4 other public and private schools in Georgia over the past 17 years.  Prior to entering the Financial Aid world, he held positions in various student affairs capacities, including Residence Life, Academic Advisement, and other Educational Support services.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education as a traditional undergrad, then earned his Master of Education degree in Counseling and his Ph.D. in Higher Education, both while working full-time and taking classes at night while his children were between the ages of newborn to age 12.  

Marie Johnson, MPA
University of Vermont
Director of Student Financial Services

Marie Johnson is the Director of Student Financial Services at the University of Vermont. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from UVM. She has worked in higher education finance for twenty eight years, gaining extensive experience in student aid and receivables.  Marie is the 2018-2019 EASFAA President-Elect and will assume the EASFAA Presidency at the EASFAA Conference in Portland, ME this May.

Forrest Stuart, Ph.D.
Lafayette College
Assistant Vice President

 Dr. Forrest Stuart is presently associate vice president for financial aid at Lafayette
College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Prior to this position, Forrest worked in financial aid and admissions at three other selective, private institutions. In all, Forrest has 29 years of higher education administration experience.  Forrest holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Clemson University, concentrating in higher education administration, a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Birmingham-Southern College.

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