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Profiles in the Financial Aid Profession: Daniel Roddick from, Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley

July 14, 2010


Daniel Roddick, Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley

Jon Potter: What are you most proud of with your financial aid office? 

Daniel Roddick: I would say I’m most proud of how our office has adapted to continuous change. 

Jon: What has been the biggest challenge for your office over the past 12 months? 

Daniel: Our biggest challenge has been securing loan options for our international student population. 

Jon: Are there any primary or coming trends that you see in the financial aid office? 

Daniel: I see financial aid offices working even hard to build partnerships with other organizations, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, to assist students in meeting the cost of their education. 

Jon: Do you have any tips for schools that are transitioning to Direct Lending? 

Daniel: Fortunately, we are a Direct Lending school, so I have not made the transition. However, I have been pleased with the assistance I receive from the Direct Loan servicer. 

Jon: Who within the financial aid community has been your mentor?   

Daniel: I consider Colleen MacDonald my mentor in the financial aid industry. She was my first supervisor working in financial aid and is still a trusted colleague. 

Jon: Where do you think schools should focus their efforts with regard to default prevention strategies given the industry’s move to a 3-year CDR model? 

Daniel: For us, default prevention starts while the student is in school. Strong relationship building is a helpful way to help borrowers maintain on-time payment. 

Jon: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

Daniel: I never had my heart set on any one thing, but I considered becoming a teacher. 

Jon: What do you like most about your job? 

Daniel: It is very dynamic; I have ownership over important projects, and I have the opportunity every day to make a difference. 

Jon: What is your favorite book, movie or food? 

Daniel: One of my favorite movies is Clue. I am currently reading Loving Frank

Jon: Name one thing that many people do not know about you. 

Daniel: I am writing a book, historical fiction. 

Jon: What is your favorite television show? 

Daniel: I don’t have a TV currently, but my favorite show would be Bones

Jon Potter, Western Regional Director (CA)

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