BUFFALO, N.Y. – John Gottardy, director of operations in
the Student Financial Aid office at The Ohio State University
(OSU), has been named director of financial aid in the University
at Buffalo Office of the Vice Provost for Enrollment. The
announcement was made today by Lee H. Melvin, vice provost for
Gottardy’s appointment begins Nov. 8.
Melvin said that Gottardy’s credentials and experience set
him apart from a very accomplished group of candidates.
“John Gottardy is an outstanding higher education
professional, with more than 25 years of experience, who has
demonstrated forward-thinking ideas on the strategic management of
valuable institutional funds to support enrollment, retention and
graduation goals,” says Melvin.
At OSU, which has a semester enrollment of approximately 64,000
students, Gottardy directed all aspects of daily operations for the
Student Financial Aid Office, and reengineered all business
processes in an effort to increase service, improve efficiency and
He was responsible for the awarding, disbursement and
reconciliation of over $1 billion in federal, state and
institutional funding in 2012. He streamlined the
university’s business processes, reducing the financial aid
application processing time from 10 weeks to a turnaround time of
24 to 48 hours.
As UB’s financial aid director, Gottardy will provide
leadership, oversee budgets, formulate and implement policies and
procedures and develop strategic financial aid initiatives in
conjunction with UB’s vice provost for enrollment to achieve
the university’s recruitment and retention goals for
undergraduate and graduate students.
He will lead, mentor, train and develop a staff of 41; award an
aid budget in excess of $265 million annually, including a $14
million merit scholarship budget; develop new policies and
procedures that enhance efficiency; and complete all required
annual federal, state and institutional reports.
Seventy percent of UB’s 29,000 students receive financial
Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs, said
Gottardy will bring a wealth of valuable experience to UB’s
financial aid business practices.
“In John Gottardy, we have identified an individual who is
more than capable of balancing the management of the
ever-increasing number of aid applicants with a keen understanding
of the financial aid process and the importance of financial aid to
students and families,” Weber said. “And most
importantly, Gottardy has a proven record of providing outstanding
service to students and their families.”
Prior to OSU, Gottardy served at Georgia Piedmont Technical
College in Clarkson, Ga., Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.,
and Temple University.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business logistics
from Pennsylvania State University.