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Removing critical financial barriers necessary for UCM students to achieve their higher education goals was a priority for Phil Shreves while he served the university for two decades.
He retired in March 2012 as director emeritus of financial assistance. Shreves oversaw an office that managed about $100 million annually in federal, state and institutional aid to students. Under his management style, the financial aid office developed a reputation for efficiency and reliability while guiding students through the financial aid process and helping to put as much grant and scholarship money in students’ hands as possible. His office strived for a zero-error standard while seeking to ensure students receive critical funds they need for their education in a timely manner.
The longtime UCM employee became director of student financial assistance in June 1992, after serving for seven years as director of financial aid at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also spent four years as coordinator of student financial aid in the University of Kentucky Community College System, and was assistant to the dean of graduate programs at Morehead State University in the late 1970s. A military veteran, Shreves served from 1972 to 1976 as an aviation electronics technician in the United States Navy, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., and on the aircraft carriers USS America and the USS John F. Kennedy.
A UCM alumnus, Shreves earned a master’s degree from Central Missouri in college student personnel administration. He also completed a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Kansas State University, Manhattan, and a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. A financial aid trainer, Shreves was active in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, as well as regional and state organizations affiliated with NASFAA.