Jones appointed director of student financial aid at Appalachian

BOONE — Anthony P. Jones of Seven Devils has been appointed Director of Student Financial Aid at Appalachian State University effective April 1. Lori Townsend, who was Acting Director of Financial Aid since January 2015, will return to her position as Senior Associate Director. financial assistance.

Jones will be responsible for the administration of all federal, state and institutional financial aid programs; the interpretation, implementation and administration of these programs in accordance with applicable rules and regulatory authorities; establishment of study grants as part of all financial aid; and managing the overall financial aid program efforts in a manner that supports Appalachian’s strategic plan and enrollment goals.

“Anthony’s decades-long knowledge of financial aid policy, combined with his student-centered approach, makes him the ideal leader for our Appalachian Financial Aid Office. Her commitment to college access will serve our students and our university well, ”said Dr. Susan Davies, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Appalachia for Enrollment Services.

Jones is currently a faculty member in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies of the Appalachians. He worked in various capacities with the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) in Washington, DC, most notably as Director of Policy Research before being promoted to Deputy Executive Director.

Also in Washington, DC, he was a trainer and regulatory analyst for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and a policy analyst / program specialist with the Office of Post-Secondary Education, US Department of Education. . Jones also worked or led the financial aid offices at Tusculum College, NC State University, and UNC Greensboro.

He is pursuing a doctorate. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, and holds an MA from Tusculum College and a BA from UNC Greensboro.

Jones will lead a team of 25 full-time employees, including full-time temporary staff in a call center.

About Appalachian State University

As the first public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and are committed to their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachian is home to over 20,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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