MVP Jim White

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Jim White
Dean of Student Financial Services at Gonzaga University
(Spokane, WA) 

JimJim began his financial aid career as a work-study student working in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He has been working in the field for 28 years now-- 32 years if you include his time as a student employee! He currently serves on NASFAA's Nominations and Elections Committee.

The best advice I ever got was… 

"Get out of the office and interact with colleagues across campus."

Favorite movies/TV shows/books are… 

I love lots of movies, but I guess I would have to say my favorites would be the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. That could go for favorite books as well, though I also love the works of David Eddings, and J.K. Rowling, Deborah Harkness.

One thing working in financial aid has taught me... 

The importance of good, clear communication.

Who do you admire? 

People who have the courage, vision, and conviction to change the world for the better. People who stand up for the poor and marginalized. I saw the movie "The Butler" this weekend so I think the Freedom Fighters of the 1960's are still in my mind.  

If you had a super power what would it be? 

I would like to fly.

You can have dinner with three celebrities, dead or alive. Who are they? 

John F Kennedy, Oprah, Pope Francis

What NASFAA service/product is most helpful to you? 

Ask Regs. I love to be able to have someone to email to ask a question.

My most motivating financial aid experience has been... 

Talking with parents and students at admissions events or orientation events. They are usually so grateful and have so many, very interesting stories.

I'm happiest when... 

It is cold or stormy outside and I am warm and comfy reading a good book inside.

One personal fact that would surprise my coworkers... 

I am way more introverted than extroverted.

Want to say hello to Jim or reply to something he said? Please leave your remarks in the comments section, below!  

10 Comments

  • Jim has always been a smiling face for me at the NASFAA conferences. He is definitely an MVP!

  • Congratulations Mr. White! You were the Chair of the Sister Dale Summer Institute program that I attended back in 2011. I had a great time and learned a lot during that retreat. Again, congratualtions and well deserved!

  • Jim manifests all that is good about this profession. He is an exceptional financial aid administrator and even a better person. I would like to join he and JFK for dinner

  • Jim White for National Chair! Congratulations, Jim. Now everyone else knows what a treasure you are.

  • Congratulations to a very deserving Financial Aid Professional! Whenever I need help, advice or a no nonsense, honest response Jim is my "go to guy", a wonderful colleague and friend.

  • Jim is a great example of the best of our profession--hard working, positive, great sense of humor and incredibly kind to colleagues, students and parents. Would love to see you talk with Oprah!

  • Jim is definitely an MVP, to his school, his colleagues and friends, to the number of associations he has supported, and most importantly to the students and families he has helped along the way. So happy to see the recognition and to read about my good friend this morning.

  • Such a deserving financial aid MVP. Proud to have worked with you so many, many years ago. Looking forward to our annual reunion at the NASFAA conference.

  • Well deserved recognition. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations Jim! We share a common love for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the passion for our work in the financial aid profession.

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