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Stanley Hudson to Replace Gallagher as Director of Student Financial Aid

By Alice N. Gilchrist
staff reporter

Stanley G. Hudson, associate director of the Student Financial Aid Office, will replace Leonard V. Gallagher as director of the SFAO on July 1, according to an MIT press release.

Hudson said his administration will focus on "how we can better serve the financial needs of parents and students," and he emphasized his commitment to "need-blind admissions and to a need-based financial aid" system.

James J. Culliton, vice president for financial operations, said Hudson's "credentials and experience in financial aid make him the perfect candidate" for the position. Hudson has been working in the SFAO since 1978, first as an associate director and later as an executive officer, according to the release.

Hudson said he will not be making any changes in financial aid except those imposed on him by the federal government.

According to Hudson, Congressional bills numbered S1150 and HR3553 are currently being analyzed by a conference committee. These bills could affect all Title IV federal aid programs, including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Supplementary Loans for Students, Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students, and Stafford and Perkins Loans. The laws may be in effect by next fall, said Hudson.

The new laws would be "pretty constraining," but they would not "completely box in" the financial aid office, Hudson said. Citing his 13 years of experience with the SFAO, Hudson promised he would be using his "experience with students and parents and applying it to ... policy decision-making."

Culliton said Hudson was chosen because he is "an outstanding professional in his field who will follow in the footsteps of Gallagher."

Gallagher said that during his administration there has been a continuing "process of trying to get the Institute to understand a need-based financial aid program." He said his work could be "characterized as holding the fort," after Jack H. Frailey, currently the director of the Office of Registration and Student Financial Services, stepped down.

According to Gallagher, the most significant changes in the SFAO during the last 25 years were "active participation in federal financial aid programs, need-based admissions, and affirmative action for minority students." These changes occurred early in Gallagher's career, when he worked under Frailey.

Gallagher said he is resigning because of "strong personal reasons." He and his wife plan to do volunteer work.