Southern    Association   of    Student  
          Financial   Aid   Administrators

Candidate for President Elect

 Daniel Barkowitz


Statement of Candidacy

I remember when I first realized that the job of Financial Aid officer was becoming a career for me.  I was serving as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Boston College and had the opportunity to attend a weeklong Financial Aid Institute offered locally.  During the event, I learned from, studied side-by-side with, and interacted with financial aid leaders in the region who showed a passion and a care for the hard work of financial aid administration that went beyond the 9 to 5 nature of a workday.  They had moving student stories to tell, motivational reasons to keep them going, and most of all a passion for the work and a dedication to the profession that stirred something in me.  And they had an easy camaraderie with each other born from shared experiences.  These women and men inspired me, and they still do.

I am so honored to have been nominated to serve as SASFAA President-Elect and I hope that the words I share in this page offer a sense of what I would bring to this position and what I hope to accomplish if elected. 

First I recognize that our profession is at a crossroads with the twin challenges of managing during the COVID 19 pandemic (and rebuilding in the new world that will follow) as well as facing a changing economic and social landscape that will forever reshape higher education.  The calls for inclusion and equity, the ongoing shift in public support for higher education, and enrollment challenges in a tightening marketplace are forces to which we must attend, and SASFAA is well positioned to continue its role as thought-leader in these areas.

As a nimble, responsive, and inclusive leader, I plan to make sure every member’s voice is heard, and to recognize that all of our voices matter.  SASFAA is such a strong organization due to the strength of its shared leadership model and the participation of each of its states’ representation.  Ensuring that there is a diverse, equitable and inclusive pipeline will be an important priority for me.

Professional development and training have long been pillars of my work, both for my own ongoing growth, and as a way to ensure the development of the staff members I manage.  I have been very involved with SASFAA’s Professional Development serving as a faculty member, webinar presenter, leadership development program committee member, and pre-conference presenter. One of the professional development initiatives I have had the great honor to serve is the development of the FAAC® designation; I was the inaugural Chair of NASFAA’s Certified Financial Aid Administrators Commission. 

We are a young profession.  If you count the “birth” of our profession with the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the current new financial aid officers we are bringing into our profession represent only the 4th generation of practitioners in our field.  My passion is to offer each member of our profession the same generous welcome and call to join that I received when I was first training at the Financial Aid Institute.  I welcome the opportunity to work to inspire our next generation of leadership.

SASFAA serves a very important role for each of us in the region by providing professional development, networking, advocacy, and an opportunity for personal growth.  If elected I commit to living up to the trust you place in me, and to having an open door to each one of you.

I am deeply grateful to have been nominated for SASFAA President-Elect and I would welcome the opportunity to serve.


CURRENT POSITION:             Assistant Vice President, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs

Since: July 2017                        Valencia College, Orlando, FL


2015 to 2017                           Dean, Enrollment Management

                                                St. Johns River State College, Palatka, FL

2011 to 2015                           Executive Director

                                                Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA

2009 to 2011                           Dean of Financial Aid / Associate Dean of Student Affairs

                                                Columbia University, New York, NY

2003 to 2009                           Director, Student Financial Aid and Employment

                                                Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

2000 to 2002                           Consultant / Sales Manager

                                                Cedar Group, Baltimore, MD

1996 to 2000                           Director, Financial Aid

                                                Lasell College, Newton, MA

1992 to 1996                           Director of Operations and Training

                                                MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority), Boston, MA

EDUCATION:                          Certificate in Professional Fundraising

                                                Boston University

                                                Boston, MA – December 2011


                                                M. Ed., Human Resource Education

                                                Boston University

                                                Boston, MA - May 1998

                                                B.Sc., History

                                                Northeastern University

                                                Boston, MA – June 1991

TYPE OF INSTITUTION:           Large Community College with selected 4 year degrees

NASFAA CERTIFICATIONS:    Certified Financial Aid Administrator, (FAAC® designation), expires 6/15/2022

NASFAA CREDENTIALS:        Cash Management, Packaging and Notification of Awards,

   Professional Judgment, Return of Title IV Funds, and Student Eligibility



2020-Present                State Advocacy Task Force

2020-Present                FSA Partner Experience Council Member

2019-Present                CFAA Commission, Inaugural Chair 2019-20, Past Chair 2020-21

2019                             CFAA Implementation Working Group, Chair

2018-Present                Ethics Committee Member

2018-19                       Leadership and Legislative Conference & Expo

                                    Strategic Enrollment Track Task Force Member

2016-17                        Angoff Study Judge

2017                             NASFAA U Online Courses Product Examination Group

2015-16/2020-Present  Policy Rapid Response Network Task Force

2008-09                        Technology Initiatives Committee

2007-09/2010-11          Editorial Board, Journal of Student Financial Aid

Various                         Conference Presenter, Moderator, Mentor



2020-Present                Leadership Development Task Force Member

2019-20                        Board Member

2018-Present                Technical Committee, Member

2017                             Enrollment Management Forum Task Force and Faculty

2016-Present                Conference Presenter, Pre-Conference Presenter, Moderator


2018-Present                President (President-Elect 2018-19, President 2019-20,
                                                Past President 2020-21)

2020                             NASFAA Gold Star Winning Team Member,
                                                Clock Hour Workshop

2019                             President’s Recognition Award Winner

2015-Present                Conference Presenter, Pre-Conference Presenter, Moderator


Professional Development Committee Member

   All dates are 2011 and prior                Conference Presenter


MASFAA (Massachusetts)                    

Recipient of MASFAA’s Presidential Award (1996)

All dates are 2009 and prior             Executive Board Member

                                                            Chair, Professional Development and Training

                                                            Chair, Annual Conference

                                                            Chair, Newsletter

                                                            Chair, Just the FACTS Training for New Aid Officers

                                                            Technology Committee Member

                                                            Conference Committee Member and Session Presenter


2004-2011                        586 Group, Member of Technical Committee and
                                                Chair, International Needs Analysis Sub-Committee

Various                         Member of FAFSA Design Team, Federal Student Aid

2016-Present                Florida College Access Network (FCAN), Strategic Planning
                                                Committee Member, Mission Committee Member,
                                                Summit Planning Team, Top Influencer Award Recipient,
                                                General Session and Conference Session Presenter

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