Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award

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.

The 2014 submission period has ended. Winner will be announced at the 2014 NASFAA National Conference in Nashville, TN.

2012-13 Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award Winners

There were two recipients of the Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Awards in 2013. 

Thomas Butts (University of Michigan, retired)
A career member of NASFAA, Thomas Butts has devoted his professional life to the improvement of student financial aid. Butts spent much of his nearly 50-year career at the University of Michigan where he served for a time as the director of student financial aid. He was elected President-Elect of NASFAA (now called Chair-Elect) for academic year 1976-77. Part way through his year as President-Elect, Butts was asked to serve in the Carter Administration for the U.S. Office of Education; subsequently he served as Acting Deputy Commissioner during the establishment of the U.S. Department of Education. In 1981, Butts returned to the University of Michigan, where he remained until his retirement.

“Tom’s extraordinary career has been spent shaping and strengthening financial aid programs and processes in support of students,” said 2012-13 NASFAA Chair Ron Day.

Ron Day (Kennesaw State University, GA)
Ron DayCurrently serving as director of financial aid for Georgia’s Kennesaw State University Day has worked in financial aid at a number of institutions in the South for the past 30 years. He has held various leadership positions in the South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia state associations and has served his regional association of SASFAA as president in 2003-04. Ron has also given back to his national association through his membership on the Board of Directors and through a wide range of committee work.

“As National Chair, Ron’s particular accomplishments have been in the area of leadership development and board engagement,” said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. “During his tenure as chair, he has fostered a cohesive and participatory board and helped his peers grow as leaders and gain stature as a profession.”

Also see the past winners list, available in PDF format.