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Staff member to lead state financial aid association

Susan Smith, associate director for operations and technology at the University of North Georgia, has been selected to serve as president of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA) for the 2014-15 academic year. She will be president-elect for the 2013-14 academic year.

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

"As the current president-elect, I have committed to serving in leadership roles for the next three years," Smith said. "One of my goals will be to encourage involvement from the various schools and financial aid administrators around the state. I am looking forward to this new adventure."

GASFAA is a nonprofit professional organization that promotes the preparation and effectiveness of Georgia’s Administrators of Student Financial Aid at postsecondary institutions, governmental agencies, foundations, lending institutions and others who administer student financial aid programs.

To help administrators adapt to the ever-changing financial aid landscape, the group offers many types of training, such as webinars, one-day training activities, conferences, and full-week training events, Smith said.

"For the administration of financial aid, regulations change each year as a result of both state and federal legislation," Smith said. "Therefore financial aid administrators are in a perpetual state of training to keep UNG in compliance."

Smith will also be a member of the executive board of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for the 2014-15 academic year, which will allow her to work with peers at a regional and national level.

"Susan has been very involved in GASFAA for several years, including serving as vice president for professional development in 2011-12," said Jill Rayner, director of financial aid. "Susan’s technological and analytical abilities are known throughout the state. She is the person that GASFAA members know is always willing to help and support them."

Rayner, who served as GASFAA President in 2009-10, was UNG's third financial aid director to have served in this role. Smith will be the fourth president from UNG.

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