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July 30, 2015
Charles Mayfield has joined Northwest Missouri State University staff as the University’s new director of financial assistance and succeeds Del Morley, who is retiring after 21 years in the position.
Mayfield, who arrived at Northwest Monday, is working with Morley on the transition. Morley’s last day on campus is Friday, Aug. 7.
“We are excited to welcome Charles to Northwest and to have him as a member of the enrollment management team,” said Bev Schenkel, Northwest’s dean of enrollment management. “Charles has a broad range of experiences in the field of financial assistance from which Northwest will benefit.
“He has a strong interest in working with students and families to help educate them on financing their education. He has had a significant voice at both the state and national levels to help shape financial aid opportunities and policies. He will be invaluable to Northwest as we adapt our financial aid strategies to align with student needs and the dynamic industry of higher education.”
Mayfield comes to Northwest from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has served as associate director in its Office of Student Financial Aid since 2012. Previously he was director of the financial aid office at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., from 2005 to 2012.
Mayfield has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Missouri Valley College and a master’s degree in education administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
“I am excited to serve as Northwest’s director of financial assistance and I look forward to leading our team of talented staff as we help make the higher education dream an affordable reality for our students,” Mayfield said. “I feel fortunate to be part of the collaborative energy at Northwest and contributing to the forward-looking and progressive enrollment management initiatives currently underway.”
As Northwest’s director of financial assistance, Mayfield is responsible for all aspects of the student financial assistance program. He joins the University’s enrollment management team, which develops and coordinates strategic recruitment and retention initiatives in relation to increasing student access through financial aid and scholarships. Mayfield will provide research, analytics, projections and program proposals for federal, state and institutional aid funds to maximize student support.
Northwest has established itself as a leader in providing high quality education at a competitive and affordable cost through financial assistance programs like Bearcat Advantage, which allows qualified first-time freshmen and transfer students to receive in-state tuition rates, and the American Dream Grant, which cuts the gap students may encounter between the costs of tuition, room and board, primary textbooks and the use of a computer.
Northwest students annually receive more than $18 million in scholarships and grants, and more than 91 percent of incoming freshmen receive some form of financial aid. Additionally, Northwest students save nearly $7,200 during their college careers through the University’s textbook and laptop rental program.
During his tenure, Morley has led and witnessed significant changes in the financial assistance area, including technology upgrades, new federal and state programs, and major growth in the amount of financial aid processed.
Schenkel expressed gratitude for Morley’s efforts to manage and award Title IV federal funds, state financial aid, institutional and Northwest Foundation dollars to Northwest students while being a state leader for the financial aid industry.
During his tenure, the total volume of all forms of financial aid awarded to Northwest students increased from $20 million to more than $70 million. Those numbers include scholarship awards, which increased from $3.5 million to more than $18 million.
“Del has played a large role in helping to develop our current scholarship and need-based award programs,” Schenkel said. “He was instrumental in the implementation of the first-of-its-kind American Dream Grant as well as the A+ Scholarship and the Bearcat Advantage fee waiver. Del has worked effectively with the Northwest Foundation to ensure our donors’ wishes were met and the number of students served by these funds was maximized. His tireless efforts to implement and maintain a new student financial aid database are also worthy of note. His expertise and dedication will be greatly missed.”
Morley has served as Northwest’s director of financial assistance since 1994. Prior to leading that office, Morley was an assistant coach in Northwest’s men’s basketball program from 1988 to 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tarkio College in 1974 and a master’s degree in education from Northwest in 1979.
“When students stop by or write to say thanks for helping them make it through, it helps to make it all worthwhile,” Morley said. “I am thankful to a great staff, supportive administrators and the Northwest community for a great, long run at Northwest. I look forward to continuing to be a Bearcat supporter as I move on to my next life experience.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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