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Get to Know Regional Directors Don Buehrer and Anne Watson

July 7, 2014

Regional Directors are financial aid experts who live all across the United States and focus on helping schools in their region. They can serve as an invaluable resource to your school. What can Regional Directors provide for you and your colleagues?

  • Expert advice from the #1 default prevention servicer
  • A familiar, approachable face at area conferences
  • Information about any of Nelnet’s loan servicing solutions, both for schools and for borrowers
  • Help with financial aid-related issues
  • Training solutions for your financial aid office
Don Buehrer, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Don Buehrer, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Regional Director Don Buehrer helps schools in the states of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah. Anne Watson serves schools in Michigan and Ohio. We asked Don and Anne a few questions so you can get to know them better:

1. How long have you been with Nelnet?

Don: 11 years.

Anne: 8 years in August.

2. How long have you been in the financial aid industry?

Don: 34 years.

Anne: A long time. 🙂

Anne Watson, Midwest Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Anne Watson, Midwest Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

3. What do you like most about working for Nelnet?

Don: Everyone realizes the importance of a higher education, and the company constantly strives to develop and offer quality services that assist in fulfilling this goal.

Anne: Nelnet makes customers #1 and values their employees.

4. What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a Regional Director?

Don: Visiting with students who have completed their higher education and noting the positive impact it has had on them.

Anne: Helping schools learn more about Nelnet and strengthening our relationship with them.

don5. What trends are you seeing in financial aid offices?

Don: More federal regulations and less staff, but continued commitment to assist their students.

Anne: Complicated processes to clarify a procedure.

6. What are three words that describe you?

Don: I’ll only list those that are printable…focused, a clown, and energetic.

Anne: Hard worker, loyal, and fair.

1505988_10152114905293576_1847922684251059649_n7. What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Don: At this point in my life, I don’t think I have any surprises left.

Anne: I have six sisters.

8. What do you like to do in your free time?

Don: Volunteer with our local police department.

Anne: I enjoy attending any sporting event and the opera.

9. If you were a cartoon character, who would you be and why?

Don: Donald Duck of course. We both have mischievous and sometimes irritating personalities. Plus, I like to dress up in sailor suits.

Anne: Any of the good Disney characters because they have touched so many lives with laughter and allowed children and adults to enjoy their fantasies.

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