Lynnette Koch ’00 has been appointed acting director of financial aid, following the recent retirement of Director Jim Stevenson.
According to James Nondorf, vice president for enrollment, Koch will provide leadership and direction to the Financial Aid professional and administrative staff while ensuring all current Rensselaer students are supported in a timely manner; review and ensure that all federal, state, and Rensselaer guidelines for awarding all aid are met; manage upperclass financial aid scholarships within the budget; and assist in streamlining and/or engineering all financial aid processes for greater efficiency.
Koch will also work closely with the vice president for enrollment to recruit and yield a new freshman class that meets the high standards of Rensselaer.
Koch joined Rensselaer’s Office of Financial Aid in 1997 as a senior secretary with responsibility for assisting students and parents through the education financing process, and coordinating all activities related to the Federal College Work Study Program. In 1999, she was promoted to the position of assistant director. In this role, her responsibilities included counseling students and parents on financial aid issues, developing financial aid packages for students in accordance with federal, state, and Institute regulations, managing the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), and facilitating student recruitment with the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the Admissions Office for HEOP.
According to Nondorf, during her tenure at Rensselaer, Koch has successfully guided several programs, services, and planning initiatives within the Office of Financial Aid committed to making a quality education financially possible for students and their families.
Key projects include: increasing Work Study community service by nearly 376 percent and more than $197,000 over three years; collaborating with the Provost’s office to create a system to fund undergraduate research students from the Federal Work Study Program; serving on the Middle States accreditation committee for student enrollment; and volunteering to participate in a “Gear Up” grant program designed to encourage college enrollment for local underprivileged schools, to name a few.
In 2005, Koch received the Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty/Staff Award in recognition of her continued contribution of service and devotion to the advancement of the minority community at Rensselaer. Koch earned a bachelor of science in finance from Siena College and an MBA from Rensselaer.
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