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New associate dean and director of financial aid named after nationwide search
Earl Dowling, a financial aid specialist who directed Iowa State University's $200 million student assistance program for the past 15 years, has been named associate dean and director of financial aid at Stanford University, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Robin Mamlet announced.
Dowling, who has worked in financial aid and student services at a handful of public and private institutions over the past 30 years, was hired after a yearlong, nationwide search.
"I am delighted to welcome Earl Dowling to Stanford," Mamlet said. "Earl comes to us with extensive experience in financial aid on a national level and a genuine commitment to working collaboratively across an institution to provide the best possible service to students."
At Iowa State, Dowling had been director of financial aid since 1987, where he managed a $1.2 million operations budget and an administrative staff of 12. Among other accomplishments at Iowa, Dowling initiated several technical changes in the department that resulted in a more efficient, student-friendly and effective operation. From 1980 to 1987, he headed financial aid at the University of Cincinnati.
Dowling holds a master's degree in guidance from Eastern Kentucky University and a bachelor's degree in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has published several papers in professional journals on modernizing student aid programs and served on several university committees.
At Stanford, Dowling will oversee a financial aid program that last year provided some form of assistance to 75 percent of undergraduates and totaled more than $91 million in aid, loans and work-study jobs.
Dowling, who will formally assume the position Feb. 3, said this was "a once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity. He added, "To practice one's craft at an exciting and dynamic university like Stanford is every professional's ideal. Working at Stanford will allow me to make full use of my professional abilities and skills."