About the position
Virginia Commonwealth University invites nominations, expressions of intent, and applications for an exceptional leader to serve as the director of financial aid and scholarships. The director of financial aid and scholarships reports to the associate vice president for student financial services and is an integral part of the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success and a team which develops strategies to support student access and success and contributes to the achievement of VCU’s enrollment and retention goals.
VCU is seeking a collaborative leader with an understanding of the integral role of financial aid in supporting student enrollment, student success and student services, and an ability to adapt strategy as needed to achieve student and institutional enrollment goals.
The director is responsible for administration, planning, and leadership of a comprehensive financial aid program consisting of substantial resources annually in federal, state, and institutional funds. The Director leads an office of 26 full-time staff members and ensures full compliance with all federal and state regulations and reporting.
To learn more about this position, watch a video by Dr. Tomikia LeGrande, EdD, vice president for strategy, enrollment management and student success
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
Kelly Coldiron, director, student enrollment experience, SEMSS
Danielle Mitchell, director, student accounting, SEMSS
Ka Toya Wagner, director, SFMC, SEMSS
Joslyn Bedell, special assistant to the vice provost, student affairs
Mike Jones, manager, business intelligence, IRDS
Evan Udowitch, senior associate director, financial aid, SEM
Vishon Luck, director of admissions recruitment