RLC hires replacement for retiring financial aid director | Schools
INA, IL (KFVS) - The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees hired Cheri Rushing of Pinckneyville Tuesday night to replace retiring Director of Financial Aid Doug Carlson in July.
Carlson, of Mount Vernon, will serve the final day of his 32-year career on June 30. He was hired as RLC director of financial aid in 1980 and was previously employed as the assistant director of housing at South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga.
He and Bev Carlson have been married for more than 30 years. Their sons, Scott and John, are both graduates of RLC. The retiring director twice served as vice president for the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and is a longtime member of the Illinois MAP formula committee. He has served on countless on-campus committees over the years, including the interview committee for his successor.
He said Rushing is “a true financial aid professional who is able to balance helping students obtain the funding they need with making sure the college stays in compliance with all federal and state regulations.”
Rushing has worked as a financial aid advisor at RLC since 1999. In 2008, she received the “Outstanding Staff Member” award from the Rend Lake College Foundation. She is a graduate of Central Missouri State University, now known as the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Mo. She earned a Bachelor of Science from there in 1991.
The native of Iberia, Mo., grew up on a turkey and cattle farm. She and her husband, Pinckneyville native and RLC graduate Chad Rushing, have two children, Kenzie and Callie.
Rushing said she applied for the director position to help make a difference in the lives of students and the success of the college.
“I am passionate about financial aid, Rend Lake College, and the impact it can have on students’ lives," she said. "I take pride in being a part of that. It’s gratifying. It’s one reason I enjoy coming to work.”
She has been active on campus – serving as Phi Theta Kappa advisor for seven years, a dozen years as a member of the college’s orientation committee, and as a member of the academic council committee, Higher Learning Commission committee, Emerging Leadership Institute, branding committee, and enterprise resource planning committee. On the state and national levels, Rushing has served as a member of the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Additionally, she has served for years as the college’s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official and is a member of the Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials.
She said her focus as the new director will be on students and making sure the office is centered on customer service.
“This department is here to help students overcome financial barriers in their pursuit of education,” she added. “Rend Lake College and southern Illinois have been like my family and my home away from home. I have been presented with many opportunities to be involved on campus, and grow as an individual and as a professional for the betterment of the college. I have tried to seize every opportunity. The position, I feel, will be quite challenging, especially with the budget issues and taking over in the middle of a computer conversion.”
According to RLC, they will be implementing a massive technology overhaul that will streamline all college functions.
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