KSU financial aid director honored with national award
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jul 23, 2020) — Ron Day, Kennesaw State University’s director of student financial aid, has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor the national association bestows on its members. Day, KSU’s director of financial aid since 2007, previously received the NASFAA’s Allan Purdy Distinguished Service Award (2013) and Regional Leadership Award (2016).
“I am honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators,” Day said. “My staff and I are dedicated to serving Kennesaw State students and helping them receive the financial aid they need to succeed in college and accomplish their goals.”
Prior to coming to Kennesaw State, Day was director of financial aid at Coastal Carolina University (2005-2007), Birmingham Southern College (2000-2005) and Shorter University (1983-1997). He has served in several leadership positions for NASFAA, including as the national chair of the organization in 2012-13.
“Ron Day has given unselfishly of his time and knowledge to help others in the financial aid profession for more than 35 years,” NASFAA stated in the award announcement. “He is a strong advocate for what he believes to be true and right and is never afraid to ask the tough questions. Ron has been a mentor to many in his state, the region and nationally.”
Along with having served on NASFAA’s board of directors on several occasions and on a wide range of national committees as both a member and a chair, Day has held various leadership roles with the state association, Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA), and regional association, SASFAA. Day has received SASFAA's Distinguished Service Award and been honored by GASFAA with the Donald E. Payton Lifetime Achievement Award.
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.