Candidate for  Board Member At-Large

C. Edward Kerestly

Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Angelo State University




From the Candidate:

I discovered the great value of involvement in professional organizations like TASFAA early in my career.  Through this involvement there is opportunity for; learning which is so vital to our success as a financial aid administrator, advocating for higher education access and affordability, and serving our students, institutions, and community. Yet, what I have gained the most from my involvement is the opportunity to connect with people who have become valued colleagues and even lifelong friends. I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for an At-large Representative position in TASFAA to continue this involvement.

I began working in financial aid in 1994 with the last twelve years in Texas.  Prior to coming to Texas, I participated in various financial aid organization activities including serving as the Michigan association president. With TASFAA, I have had the opportunity to be a member of several committees including serving as the regional training and site selection chairs.  I have also participated in the THECB Financial Aid Advisory Committee acting as chair in my final year.

I believe these experiences will allow me to contribute to the TASFAA board in the at-large representative role.   I also believe that my experience working at both public and private institutions—for the past six years, as the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Angelo State University (TX) and leading financial aid offices at University of Texas Permian Basin (TX), Abilene Christian University (TX), Grand Valley State University (MI), Calvin University (MI) and Cornerstone University (MI), as well as worked in the areas of admissions and student life at Greenville University (IL)—also equips me well to serve in this role.