NEWARK, Ohio, May 31, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark Director of Financial Aid Faith Phillips is celebrating two major accomplishments. Phillips was elected president of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA). She will begin her term on July 1. She was also recently named the recipient of the 2015-16 OASFAA James W. White Award.
The James W. White award is named in honor of the retired director of financial aid at Oberlin College. The award, first presented at OASFAA Spring Conference in 1991, is given annually to a member of OASFAA who is dedicated to students and to their local community.
Phillips has worked at the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and COTC as financial aid director for 19 years. She is known for her dedication to creating financial aid awareness and helping students in the communities the campus serves learn about their financial aid options.
"I was really honored with the award, and am thrilled to become president of this organization," said Phillips. "OASFAA helps to promote access to higher education, which is what I am all about."
The Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators promotes financial aid awareness. It also aims to affect public policy initiatives, to promote ethical administration of student aid programs and to encourage an environment of cooperation among individuals, agencies, organizations and educational institutions to better serve all student populations. OASFAA represents more than 600 members from more than 200 institutions operating within the State of Ohio.
The president of OASFFA is the chief executive officer of the corporation, presiding at all meetings of the corporate membership and chairing all meetings of the trustees of the corporation. The president oversees the business of the corporation, and makes sure that all policies and resolutions of the corporate membership and trustees are implemented.
"It's a big commitment," said Phillips. "I've served in the president elect role for the past year preparing myself for this position. I think I'm ready now."
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.