Karen Hartnett Gallagher, who served as interim director of financial advisement at SUNY Cortland since March 2008, was named director of financial advisement on Dec. 16 following a national search.
The director of financial advisement is responsible for the overall fiscal management of the various student aid programs. She will oversee compliance with federal and state regulations and recommend policy in areas of responsibility within the Financial Advisement Office.
Gallagher joined the College in January 1997 as a financial aid advisor. Prior to her interim appointment, she was associate director from 2002-2008, and assistant director from 1998-2002.
Gallagher’s extensive work in the field of financial aid began as an admission and financial aid counselor at Syracuse University, where she worked from 1988-1991. In 1996 she joined the Financial Aid Office at SUNY Oneonta where she worked before joining the Cortland staff.
She reports to Associate Provost Gradin Avery, enrollment management and marketing.
“We are fortunate to have Karen’s leadership and knowledge of financial aid, particularly during these challenging financial times for students and families,” said Avery.
Gallagher graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. in history.
She is a member of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association and the State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals (SUNYFAP, Inc.).
Gallagher lives with her son, Cullen, in Homer, N.Y.