Think About Your Nominations for the TASFAA Board

Dear TASFAA Members,

Beginning April 1, you will have the opportunity to nominate the president-elect and four board members to serve on the upcoming 2019-2020 TASFAA Board of Directors. Those elected positions will represent you as members of TASFAA. They will, along with the rest of the board, direct our Association’s operations as well as help shape the future of our organization. Please start thinking about who you believe is an exemplary leader within our Association that would serve as an effective TASFAA board member.

Officer Positions

  • President-Elect – Serves President-Elect in 2019-2020, President in 2020-2021 and Past President in 2021-2022. Nominees must have previously served on the Board of Directors or have board and/or committee experience.
  • Board Members (four positions) – Serve a two-year term for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 years. This position requires collaborative leadership skills and attendance at all meetings.

I look forward to receiving your nominations beginning April 1!

Sincerely,

Christopher D. Murr, Ph.D.
Nominations and Elections Committee Chair
TASFAA Past President 2018

TASFAA Members Meet with Congressman Doggett

Each February after attending the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., many participants will take time to visit Capitol Hill and meet with their elected representatives. This year was no exception. One group of financial aid administrators, led by Shannon Crossland (SWASFAA past president) and Christopher Murr (TASFAA past president), visited both Senate and House offices. At one of their stops, they visited with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of the Texas 35th District.

SWASFAA and TASFAA members pose for a photo during their meeting with Congressman Lloyd Doggett. From left to right: Denise Welch (SWASFAA past president 2017), Shannon Crossland (SWASFAA past president), Rachael Fournier (University of Texas – Arlington), U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Dr. Christophe Murr (TASFAA past president), and Traci Armes (University of Texas – Austin).

During the group’s visit with Congressman Doggett, as well as with Sarah Laven (the Congressman’s Legislative Assistant), a number of financial aid topics related to higher education were discussed. The conversation addressed such Congressional proposals as the FAFSA Act and the expected positive effect for aid applicants derived from more robust data sharing between the IRS and U.S. Department of Education. Some of the other topics included the elimination of Direct Loan origination fees and level funding for campus-based programs and their benefits for postsecondary students; especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Capitol Hill meetings were a great way for financial aid administrators to help inform the discussions on financial aid programs and proposals that so assist students in the pursuit of a higher education. As Shannon Crossland stated, “it was a wonderful opportunity to share our perspective and the experiences of our students with those making decisions on the future of federal financial aid in higher education.”