USF appoints director of financial aid

TAMPA, Fla. (May 19, 2008) – The University of South Florida recently named Billie Jo Hamilton director of financial aid, effective June 2. Hamilton will be responsible for the administration of all federal, state, institutional and private financial aid programs at USF and provide an array of financial support options for students and their families.

“With 24 years of financial aid experience, leadership and involvement in the national association, Ms. Hamilton possesses the depth and breadth of knowledge to help our students achieve their college goals and to position USF for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities,” said Leellen Brigman, associate vice president of Enrollment Planning and Management at USF.

As financial aid director, Hamilton will be responsible for managing the awarding and disbursement of more than $260 million in financial aid resources with the support of 43 full-time staff. The financial aid office provides information to current and prospective students and their families about aid availability, application processes, debt management and financial literacy.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the enrollment management group at USF in their efforts to utilize financial aid for the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of students,” said Hamilton. “I firmly believe USF can strategically leverage financial aid to support the university’s continued path to achieve our strategic priorities. In particular, our goals of enhancing student success and research and innovation are directly connected to financial aid.

Hamilton comes to USF from Southern Illinois University where she served as financial aid director. Prior to her service at Southern Illinois, Hamilton held leadership positions in student financial aid at several public universities, including the University of Missouri, University of Tennessee-Memphis, University of Kansas Medical Center and Pittsburg State University.

Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Pittsburg State University, Kansas. She is actively involved in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and provides leadership to its Midwest regional association.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs