Janet Hunter has worked in higher education for over 40 years. She has served in administrative leadership, planning, and research positions at a four-year private liberal arts institution, and as an associate professor at a four-year public university. For the past 17 years, she has been employed by Financial Aid Services (FAS). She was appointed Vice President of Student Business Services (SBS) in 2018 when FAS initiated the new services, and prior to that was a financial aid executive consultant.
As a FAS consultant, she has been engaged by nearly 100 colleges/universities for consulting services, project management, and/or interim staffing. She has conducted and written office effectiveness reviews and staffing analyses, assisted with responses to program review findings, provided project management to implement conversion to a new ERP platform’s financial aid module, among other engagements. Over the years, she has had experience with Ellucian’s (Datatel) Colleague and Banner, Oracle PeopleSoft, Jenzabar CARS, and the College Board’s PowerFAIDS, as well as working in the suite of online applications provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Before joining FAS, Janet worked for Knox College (IL) for 19 years, serving in a variety positions, including vice president for enrollment and institution planning with responsibility for the offices of admissions, financial aid, college communications, and information technology. In addition, she managed two college-wide strategic planning initiatives and one technology planning initiative. Twice she was appointed vice president for finance and college treasurer. She began her career in higher education as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois—Campaign-Urbana, Department of Family and Consumption Economics, and later as a lecturer at Knox College, Department of Economics.
Her professional association involvement has included extensive committee participation at the national levels. She served on the Lumina Foundation Need Analysis Reform Project Advisory Committee (2003-05), the National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Need Analysis Standards Committee (1990-1996) (chaired 1993-95) and Research Committee (1984-1990) (chaired 1987-1990), the Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Aid (1990-1993), and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officer’s (AACRAO) Financial Aid Committee (1996-1998).
Janet also served on the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ Commission (NAICUC) on Financing of Higher Education (1989-1992), the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Committee on Financial Aid and Amateurism (1989-1996), and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Postsecondary Student Aid Study Technical Review Committee (1997-2000).
She has lectured throughout her career on the value of analysis and planning when developing and implementing enrollment and institutional initiatives serving as a faculty member for Snowmass Institute for Strategic Studies summer institutes from 1994 – 1998. She has made many presentations on student financial aid compliance at national, regional, and state conferences.
Janet received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.