MVP Clantha McCurdy

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Dr. Clantha McCurdy
Senior Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (Revere, MA)

ClanthaMeet Clantha McCurdy! Clantha, senior deputy commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, began her financial aid career in May 1978 as an Assistant Director at the University of Kansas- Office of Student Financial Aid. She recently served as the Chair of the Conference Committee for the 2013 NASFAA Conference in Las Vegas.

The best advice I ever got was… 

“It is better to give than to receive” and “Always treat others in the manner in which you wish/expect to be treated”. These two principles have guided my life and the manner in which I approach my work and people in general.

If I weren’t working in financial aid, I’d probably... 

Be working in an on-campus Counseling Center or some other professional counseling facility. 

Favorite movies/TV shows are… 

The Godfather I & II, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Shawshank Redemption, Game of Thrones, Copper, Ray Donovan, Homeland, and of course Scandal.  

My greatest accomplishment... 

Outside of my achievements within the financial aid profession, my greatest level of success has been in education attainment. I have earned a total of five degrees, which includes a doctorate in Higher Education Policy, Leadership and Administration.

If I could take an all expenses paid vacation somewhere, I would go to... 

Vienna, Austria. With a passion and love for classical music, I would very much enjoy a visit to the place that was considered the center of music innovations and capital of classical music.

My most motivating financial aid experience has been… 

Attending the graduation of students that I’ve mentored or assisted, especially those who had to overcome many challenges to achieve their degree. Knowing that I played a role in the success of so many students is definitely rewarding.

Want to say hello to Clantha or reply to something she said? Please leave your remarks in the comments sections, below!


Publication Date: 8/28/2013

Barbara M | 11/20/2013 5:2:48 PM

Clantha is just so nice to work with. She certainly did a wonderful job with our most recent conference! Glad to hear of her recognition!

Heather B | 10/18/2013 2:15:06 PM

So great to get to know Clantha and work with her this past year. She is full of energy and has such a wonderful spirit.

Kathy A | 9/11/2013 2:51:49 PM

Clantha, congratulations! You represent the profession and Massachusetts well!! It is so nice to see you recognized for all of the great work you and your staff at OSFA do every day for the students of the Commonwealth.

Kathy Anderson

Ron D | 9/3/2013 6:39:22 PM

What a beautiful lady - inside and out. Clantha - is such a quality individual. I have served with her on several committees and she is always cheerful, energetic, and excellent contributor, and willing and able to do anything requested. Clantha - you did one amazing job as Conference Chair for the 2013 NASFAA Conference. You are very deserving of this recognition.

Julie W | 9/3/2013 4:51:13 PM

Congratulations on this recognition, Clantha!

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