N.C. Assoc. of Student Financial Aid Administrators Meet at ECSU
Dr. Althea Riddick, ECSU’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, addresses the board of the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Friday, Sept. 20. The association board met at the Ridley Student Center to set plans for the upcoming year.
Student financial aid administrators from across the state met for their quarterly board meeting on the Elizabeth City State University campus Friday, Sept. 20. The meeting was hosted by the Office of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid.
“Welcome to our little corner of the state,” said ECSU’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, Dr. Althea Riddick.
Dr. Riddick spoke to the conference for 10 minutes, thanking them and regaling them with the story of ECSU’s recent journey to reinvigorate enrollment and financial aid. ECSU’s director of financial aid, Jeremi Watkins, said this is the first time the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has met in Elizabeth City.
“We wanted to show that we are giving back by meeting in Elizabeth City and other smaller campuses across the state,” said the association’s board president, Mr. Robert Muhammad.
Mr. Muhammad is also the director of financial aid for Winston Salem State University. He explained that the association is made up of financial aid administrators from both university and community colleges across the state, public and private.
About 30 professionals gathered in the Ridley Student Center for the meeting. Mr. Muhammad said they were there to discuss the theme for 2019-2020, access to financial aid.
“Each year we have a different theme,” he said. “This year is access to all students.”
The association organizes conferences and events for college and high school campuses across the state. They provide workshops on a variety of topics such as financial literacy and federal aid.
“This is a passion for me because of the students,” he said, adding that no one necessarily goes to college to become a financial aid professional, but finds that passion once they realize what they are doing to advance the lives of students.