After 42 years of dedication and service to the financial aid and veterans affairs communities, it is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude we announce the retirement of Teresita “Terry” Bazan, Executive Director of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs, at Austin Community College (ACC) on May 31, 2018. A retirement celebration will be held at ACC.
Highland Campus, Bldg 4000 on May 17, 2018, from 9am-11am
If you are not able to attend the celebration, feel free to reach out to Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will hand over the email access to her on May 31, 2018.
Terry started as a work-study student at Del Mar College. There she successfully rose through the ranks to the positions of Assistant Director, then Director of Financial Aid. She then moved to Austin, Texas, and assumed the role of ACC’s Associate Director of Student Assistance. She was later promoted to Director of Student Assistance and subsequently to her current position as Executive Director of Student Assistance & Veterans Affairs.
During her tenure, Terry has served on the TASFAA Board of Directors, as well as chairing numerous committees. Her service to advisory committees includes TG (now Trellis), THECB Financial Aid Advisory Committee, and the Association of Texas Leaders for Education (formerly ATLE). She has provided her expertise to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, as well as the Austin Chamber of Commerce Education Council. She was a guest panelist at the Univision 62 Town Hall Community Forum and SXSWedu, speaking on financial aid and college costs; she has even presented to the Joint Select Committee on Higher Education, the Texas Senate Higher Education Sub-Committee, and the House of Representatives Higher Education Committee to provide her expertise and support for continued state funding for higher education. Terry was nominated by her peers as a mentor honoree at the TG Conference. She has served on many ACC governing committees and represented financial aid on various institutional committees. She has been recognized as the ACC Prof/Tech Employee of the Year.
For those of us within the ACC Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs family, we are extremely sad to see Terry leave. While the staff is spread among 11 campuses and a district office, we all agree that she has been a mentor to each of us. She has always been there to defend and support our department; she is honest, dedicated, and always striving to improve processes so we can better assist students in reaching their educational goals. She has always said, “Students don’t know what they don’t know–so it’s our job and responsibility to tell them.” Terry has been our cheerleader, our disciplinarian, our supporter both professionally and personally, and most importantly, our friend. She encouraged us to be active participants in the industry, at the College, and to keep learning because the world of financial aid is ever changing.
Terry, our department is successful due to your leadership. For those of us who know you, there is no doubt that you are dedicated to helping students and their families reach their educational goals. We are going to miss you dearly. Thank you for your service and dedication to this profession. Enjoy your retirement…it only means it’s time for a new adventure!
Un gran abrazo de tú familia de financial aid (a big hug from your financial aid family),