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McCormick Named UW Financial Aid Director

December 19, 2011

Joanna McCormick has been selected as the University of Wyoming's director of Student Financial Aid. Her appointment is subject to approval by the UW Board of Trustees.

Selected following a national search by a campus-wide screening committee led by Steve Barrett, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, McCormick will start her new duties in February.

UW Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson says McCormick will provide administrative leadership and supervise the Office of Student Financial Aid, which has a staff of 21 and annually provides approximately $100 million to UW students. She will join other key administrators in delivering enrollment management services and coordinating student recruiting and retention initiatives.

McCormick since 2000 has been the senior director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem. Previously she served as director of financial aid for four years at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, as an assistant director at the University of Utah and as a financial aid counselor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Additionally, McCormick has concurrently served as a peer reviewer in the Standards of Excellence program of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

While at UVU, McCormick has made significant strides in automating scholarship management, collaborating in launching One Stop Services, and successfully increasing funding for students from $15 million to $182 million in 11 years.

McCormick has a B.S. degree in sociology and German and a Master of Public Administration degree. She has been a member of the national, regional, Kansas and Utah associations of student financial aid administrators, serving in officer and director positions. She received the UVU Outstanding Administrator Award and the UVU presidential recognition for increasing monies for students. McCormick has been a co-author of several successful federal grants providing assistance to college students in need.

For more information, call Axelson at (307) 766-5123.

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