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Financial Aid Director Recognized as Distinguished Staff Member

For Immediate Release: December 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 21, 2009 — Financial Aid Director Annette Avery has been named Drury University’s Distinguished Staff Member of the Year for 2009. The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes a staff member who:

  • Enhances the quality of work-life.
  • Provides outstanding and ongoing excellence in services.
  • Develops creative solutions that result in more effective and efficient operations.

Avery has been a fixture at Drury University since 1977, serving as an advisor in the continuing education department. When she became director of financial aid in 1981, the office had been without a director for about three months. She took over and turned the office into one devoted to helping students find the financial resources to attend Drury. She is known around campus as being dedicated to her job and to students.


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