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The conference committee is excited to announce Stephen Payne, Assistant Director of Federal Relations at NASFAA will be joining us for our Wednesday general session and town hall. We will also have Rick Renshaw from Federal Student Aid with us to give 3 breakout sessions. On Friday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of THECB, Charles Puls will also join us.
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Prior to joining ED, Rick was a financial aid director for 28 years, most recently serving as the Executive District Director of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs for the Dallas County Community College District. While serving at the District, his department administered aid to over 60,000 students annually. His previously directed financial aid offices in both public and private universities and two-year colleges across Texas.
Rick is a past president of TASFAA and SWASFAA. As a financial aid director, he was very active in the financial aid professional associations, working on numerous state, regional and national committees and task forces throughout his career. Rick also served as a member of the NASFAA Board of Directors and as a commission director for NASFAA.
Rick holds a master’s degree from Wayland Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He and his wife Sharon have been married for over 43 years and have three children and five grandchildren scattered from Texas to Oregon, North Dakota, and Virginia.
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He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.
First exposed to the field as a financial aid counselor at Indiana University, Chad went on to serve in a variety of roles at Dartmouth College, the University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and Boston College before returning to his hometown of Rochester, NY, where he served as the Associate Dean of Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid for a decade prior to moving to TX.
Throughout his career, Chad has been active in financial aid and student employment associations. He served as NEASEA President-Elect & President, 2008 & 2009; Long-Range Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2009-2010; Treasurer, 1997 & 1998; Long Range Planning Committee member, 1995; and State Representative, 1994. Professional honors received include NEASEA President’s Award for Exemplary Contribution in 1995 & 2010, NSEA’s Frank Adams Founders Award in 2000, and NEASEA’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010.
Chad has been a keynote speaker and presenter at annual conferences for NSEA, NEASEA, MASFAA, SASEA, and the College Board National Forum. He testified on Reauthorization in front of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and is Co-Editor of NSEA Student Employment Essentials, Second and Fourth Editions.