Hello RMASFAA! My name is Marc Gangwer. I am the Assistant Director in the Operations area at the University of Utah. I have been with the University for close to nine years.
I was born and raised in a small city called Farr West and moved to the Salt Lake valley 11 years ago. I have 3 siblings and 12 nieces and nephews (10 nephews, 2 nieces). My have a wonderful cat. His name is Princess Meow Meow.
I think like most people I ‘fell’ into the world of financial aid. I was needing to go back to school and find a new career. There was a post for a financial aid advisor and I thought, “Well, I think I could do that.” So, I went for it and fortunately got it!!
Once I started working in the financial aid office, I still just thought it would be a temporary job. Then I started to get more involved and learned more about the ins and outs of federal aid, helping students navigate the process and be able to finish their degrees. After that, needless to say, I was hooked. I haven’t looked back and have enjoyed every step of the way.
During my reign I have been infectiously nicknamed ‘The Face of the University’. I believe that a positive outlook and a smile on your face can change someone’s day. I have held the position of advisor, counselor and as I mentioned Assistant Director. In these roles I have been fortunate to learn many aspects of federal financial aid, problem solving and structure to your area.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Leadership Pipeline this year. I have been wanting to apply for the course for years and finally was able to have to opportunity to do so this year. I have seen a few people come out of the program with more knowledge and better ideas of leadership and how to be a great leader in the world of financial aid.
I believe that cultivating great leaders is important within our financial aid community. Leadership development is truly important. I have had the opportunity to learn from different leaders within the University and throughout our divisions. They have helped cultivate my need to learn and develop new leadership skills. If it was from additional responsibilities, being crossed trained or being sent to RMASFAA Summer Institute to have a week intensive of Title IV funding. I am excited to be like a sponge and “Soak it up” when it comes to this Leadership Pipeline course.
I am excited to get the views from all of the mentees and mentors during our year in this course and to strive to become a better leader. I hope when RMASFAA comes around again next year in Nebraska that I am able to meet more of you! Happy 2020. I hope this year brings much success throughout the financial aid offices and through campuses near and far. Cheers!