The Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award is one of the highest awards that NASFAA bestows and may be awarded either for significant contributions in the furtherance of NASFAA's goals over a sustained period of time OR for a single contribution of such momentous importance as to deserve the award.
An award recipient may come from the financial aid, political, educational, business, or other community. In addition to any selection(s) made from nominations for the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award, the association normally recognizes the significant and sustained contributions of the NASFAA Chair with this award at the end of the Chair's term.
Dan Mann, 2015-16 NASFAA National Chair and Director of Financial Aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In the course of his 35-year financial aid career, Mann has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations, and is currently NASFAA’s National Chair. He has served as director of financial aid at various institutions, including his current tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he leads an operation that administered over $755 million in financial aid awards last year.
Paul Combe, President and CEO of American Student Assistance
Combe has consistently promoted and advocated for the role of proactive, objective, nonprofit education debt management and advocacy services for student loan borrowers. Over his career, Combe has served as chairman of NASFAA’s Need Analysis Standards Committee and as the liaison for NASFAA to the Committee on Need Analysis and Delivery. He has dedicated his work and career to making student debt more manageable.
Publication Date: 7/19/2016