Beth Baker Named Director of SFA Systems and Programs

News Story: November 26, 2012

Beth Baker ’97, has rejoined Sacred Heart University in the role of director of SFA Systems and Programs for the Student Financial Assistance Department. Baker will be responsible for the management, integration and advancement of technology within the financial assistance program. The office is responsible for the coordination of university student employment, student loan programs and the growing outside scholarship search process. Additionally, she is working to administer community service and volunteer programs and will oversee some newly developed federal student aid programs, including working with external agencies like the VA for veteran benefit programs and Yellow Ribbon.

Over the past 20 years, the Meriden resident has worked for higher education in both financial aid administration and administrative data services. Most recently, she served as director of Student Financial Services for Saint Joseph College, where she was responsible for the direction and supervision of the Student Financial Services office. Her responsibilities included oversight of all financial aid policies, funding programs, office procedures and customer service. Prior to that, she worked in various financial aid roles over 10 years at Trinity College in Hartford, and she served as assistant director of Student Financial Assistance for Sacred Heart University where she worked in customer service in all aspects of the financial aid process and was responsible for electronic processing.

“We worked together in the ‘90s, and I’m pleased that we will be able to work together again at a much higher level,” said Julie Savino, executive director, University Financial Assistance and Baker’s supervisor. “I know we will be able to do a lot of good, and the University will reap the benefits.”

Baker earned her master’s degree in science, management and information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her bachelor’s degree in science and business administration from Sacred Heart University. She also graduated with high honors from Mohegan Community College where she earned her associate degree in science and general studies.

Baker is excited to be back at SHU and believes it will be an opportunity to improve her skill set. She is currently reviewing processes to determine if there are areas where things can be done more effectively and efficiently. “As we approach a new academic cycle, it is the perfect time to make changes,” she said.