Financial Aid Director Interviews Set
March 1, 2010
MACOMB, IL – Two candidates for the Western Illinois University director of financial aid position will be on campus for interviews beginning Friday, March 5, according to Student Assistance and Parent Service Center Director Karolynn Heuer, chair of the search committee.
The candidates are Robert Andersen, senior associate director of the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Friday, March 5 and Kenneth McGhee, executive director of Student Financial Assistance at Cuyahoga Community College District (Cleveland, OH), Thursday, March 11. The interview for each candidate will include sessions with administrators, faculty, staff and students on the WIU-Macomb campus. Interview schedules and resumes will be available online at wiu.edu/employment.
An open meeting with faculty, administrative and civil service staff and students will be held at 1 p.m. in Horrabin Hall 60 March 5 (Anderson) and in the president's conference room March 11 (Sherman Hall 205) (McGhee).
Andersen has served as the senior associate director of the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1998. He also served as the team lead for financial aid, UI-Integrate (2001-2003). Andersen was the assistant director of financial aid at Western (1985-1998); the director of financial aid at Monmouth College (1980-85); the assistant director of financial aid at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (1978-80); the director of financial aid at Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI (1976-78); and director of the Law Enforcement Education Program at Pepperdine University (Los Angeles, CA) (1975-76). He received his master's degree from Pepperdine and his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.
McGhee has served as the executive director of Student Financial Assistance at Cuyahoga Community College District since 2006. Previously he was the director of financial aid at Portland (OR) State University (2005-06); senior assistant director of financial aid at Northern Illinois University (2000-05); coordinator of financial aid at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn (IL) (1999-2000); and assistant director of financial aid at Rock Valley College, Rockford (IL) (1995-99). McGhee earned his master's degree from NIU and his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also holds a post-master's enrollment management certificate from Noel Levitz and Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.
The director of financial aid is responsible for supervising all operations of the Financial Aid Office and student employment areas; responsible for developing and implementing the overall philosophy, goals, operating procedures and principles for the University's comprehensive student financial aid program; ensures compliance with institutional, accrediting, state and federal guidelines; collaborates on the development, prioritization and implementation of technology initiatives relevant to financial aid systems; administers the student employee budget; and ensures that the office provides the highest level of customer service to its constituencies.