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Candidates Interview for Financial Aid Director Position at UW

December 5, 2011

Three candidates for the position of director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wyoming will give public presentations and answer questions from the audience beginning Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The topic of their presentations will be "The Importance of Financial Aid in Recruitment and Retention." These sessions are open to all faculty, staff and students.

Candidates, in order of appearance, will give a presentation at the following times and places:

Tuesday, Dec.  6, 9 a.m., Room 105 of the Classroom Building -- Rebecca Vinzant, currently an assistant to the vice president for student affairs at UW. Before coming to Wyoming she held a variety of student financial services positions at the University of Illinois, Wachovia Education Finance, American Student Assistance, Arizona State University, the University of Dayton and Manchester College in Indiana.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m., Room 105 of the Classroom Building -- Joanna McCormick, senior director of financial aid & scholarships at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Previously she served as director of financial aid & scholarships at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, as an assistant director of financial aid & scholarships at the University of Utah and as a financial aid counselor at Brigham Young University.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m., Room 105 of the Classroom Building -- Marty Somero is the director of financial aid at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. His past positions include assistant dean/director of student financial services at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., as director of student financial aid at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne and as coordinator of student financial aid at Kirtland Community College in Roscommon, Mich.

The director leads the development and implementation of innovative and accountable scholarship and financial aid policies and processes for recruitment and retention of students. The Office of Student Financial Aid has a staff of 21 and annually provides approximately $100 million to UW students.

For more information about these interviews call John Nutter in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at (307) 766-5123.

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