Jones named UGA’s director of Student Financial Aid

The University of Georgia has named Anthony Jones, director of financial aid at Appalachian State University, the new director of the Office of Student Financial Aid following a national search. Jones succeeds Bonnie Joerschke, who retires at the end of June.

Jones has led an accomplished career in student financial aid, both on university campuses and at the national level in Washington, D.C. In 2010-13, Jones served as a senior policy analyst and director of Higher Education Regulations Study and director of policy research. He was then appointed as the deputy executive director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, which provides program and technical expertise to ACSFA members, Congressional authorizing committee members and staff, and the U.S. Department of Education Secretary and staff on higher education issues. Prior to that, he was a consultant and peer reviewer at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and a policy analyst in the Office of Postsecondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education from 1999-2008.

As director of the Office of Student Financial Aid at ASU, a position he has held since 2013, Jones was responsible for the administration of all federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid programs and oversight, interpretation, implementation, and administration of these student financial aid programs.

He has provided influential leadership for the institutional scholarship and mentoring program for high-need students at ASU to ensure debt-free college completion. He also worked to refine the ASU need-based institutional grant program targeting debt reduction; in 2017, Appalachian State was the only UNC-system institution at which median debt declined for graduates.

Jones has worked in financial aid offices at Tusculum College, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He returns to the University of Georgia where he first served as a graduate research assistant in Finance and Administration and in the Office of Student Financial Aid from 2007-10.

“I am honored to join the University of Georgia community. I look forward to leading the Office of Student Financial Aid in its continued commitment to providing greater access for deserving students while building upon a strong foundation of success and service,” Jones said.

The director of Student Financial Aid reports to the vice president for instruction and works closely with other offices, including Undergraduate Admissions and the Registrar.

“I would like to thank the search and screening committee, the executive and faculty search group, and the staff in the Office of Student Financial Aid for their role in the selection process,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “Anthony’s combination of higher education policy experience in D.C., coupled with his leadership as director of student financial aid at ASU, brings essential skills to manage our student financial aid programs. I’m confident he will continue UGA’s commitment to helping provide greater access for students pursuing a college education.”

Jones’ appointment is effective June 15, 2018.