Indiana University Northwest is pleased to announce the appointment of Dian Packard as interim director for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Packard, a long-time resident of northwest Indiana, assumed her new responsibilities Dec. 6, and oversees the activities of the office which awards nearly $12 million in financial aid and scholarships each year to IU Northwest students.
Packard comes to IU Northwest with over 25 years of experience in financial aid administration. Packard’s experience includes working at Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Chicago, and serving as director of student services and assistant dean for student affairs at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago. She was also coordinator of admissions and financial aid and director of student services at Ivy Tech State College, Gary.
Welcoming Packard to the university this week, Associate Vice Chancellor Joe Pellicciotti commented, “I’m very pleased that Ms. Packard is joining us. She brings with her a wealth of experience in financial aid administration. Given her record of leadership and dedication to students, she will serve the IUN community well."
Packard earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wheaton College and her Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in college student personnel administration from Indiana University. She is a four-time recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service from the Illinois Podiatric Medical Students Association. In 1998 she was recognized for her leadership in developing “One of the Ten Best Initiatives in Financial Aid,” by the Sallie Mae Educational Institute. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Fund for Podiatric Medical Education.