Dear SASFAA Members,
It is with mixed emotions that I bring this announcement to you. Our friend, colleague and mentor to many – Dave Cecil will be retiring at the end of this month and assuming a full-time Grandpa role. Many of us in the financial aid community will miss seeing him at various conferences and meetings. On a personal note, I appreciate his friendship and mentorship to me through the years. My first SASFAA committee work was under his leadership. Dave has dedicated over three decades to the financial aid profession and assisting students achieve their educational dreams. What a legacy he leaves. Oh to know the number of lives he has impacted over the years both students and colleagues. He will be greatly missed. Please see the announcement from his current office below.
2016-17 SASFAA President
On October 28, 2016, Dave Cecil will retire from his position as Associate Vice President for Financial Aid at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He has served Transylvania and its students in this role for nearly 20 years. He began his financial aid career at Eastern Kentucky University in 1980.
At the state level, Dave served Kentucky as president in 2010-2011, and was presented with KASFAA’s highest honor, the Herb Vescio Distinguished Service Award, in 2005. Regionally, he served as president of SASFAA in 1994-1995, and was SASFAA Treasurer for four years. In 1998, Dave received the SASFAA Distinguished Service Award. He was honored with the NASFAA Leadership Award in 2006. Throughout his career, he has been an active member on many committees at the national, regional and state levels.
In addition to serving his students and in professional organizations, Dave has mentored many in the financial aid community—both in their careers and in their leadership in financial aid associations. He also has a large extended family of work study “kids,” several of whom have taken the somewhat common path from financial aid work study student to financial aid professional.
Dave’s retirement plans include a move to the Indianapolis area and full-time grandparenting.
Letters or cards of congratulations can be sent to:
Office of Financial Aid
300 North Broadway, OM 300
Lexington, KY 40508