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Faces of Nelnet: Anne Watson, Midwestern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

July 22, 2010


Anne Watson, Midwest Regional Director (MI, OH)


Jim Harris: What territory do you cover for Nelnet?

 Anne Watson: I work in the midwest covering Michigan and Ohio.

Jim: Where do you live?

Anne: Detroit, Michigan.

Jim: How many years have you worked in the financial aid industry?

Anne:  I have worked in the industry for 34 years. I have been with Nelnet since 2006.

Jim: What previous positions have you held?

Anne: I was the Director of Scholarship and Financial Aid at the University of Detroit for 23 years and also worked at Wayne State University as a Financial Aid Advisor.

Jim: Are you a member of any financial aid industry associations?

Anne: I currently serve as Site Selection co-chair for MSFAA; I am also a past President and have served as the Legislative and Professional Development chair. I have also been the Secretary, Delegate at Large, and Membership Chair for MASFAA, our regional association.

Jim: What is your educational background?

Anne: I attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My major was social science with a biology minor. 

Jim: Anne, tell me about your family.

Anne: I have a 28-year-old daughter, Brianna.  Brianna interned during college for three legislators in Washington, D.C., and was eventually hired as a staffer for the Dean of the House of Representatives, John Dingell.

Jim: What are some of your interests outside of work?

Anne: I enjoy all sports with college basketball being my favorite. I love reading about past presidents (my favorite book is Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin) and any book written by Tom Friedman (his most recent is Hot, Flat and Crowded). I also like watching political programs, such as Hardball with Chris Matthews, and mentoring young women.

Jim: Tell me one thing about you that many people may not know.

Anne: I broke my foot during my senior year in high school playing basketball in the guard position. I also played second base, center field, and shortstop in recreational leagues until the age of 27.

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