Melena Verity named director of financial aid

Melena Verity named director of financial aid

March 6, 2014

Melena Verity has been named Maryville College’s new director of financial aid.

Verity, who was most recently director of financial aid at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., began her work at Maryville College on Feb. 23.

Her responsibilities include the management and supervision of all financial aid processes, including the awarding of student loans, grants, Tennessee Educational Lottery scholarships and scholarship packages for new and returning students; development of student costs of attendance; and overseeing all administrative functions of the Financial Aid Office. She will develop and direct financial aid strategies within the framework of federal and state regulation that are consistent with the enrollment management objectives of the College.

Dr. Dolph Henry, vice president of enrollment at the College, said that Verity was selected from a field of well-qualified applicants.

“Melena brings financial aid experience from both public and private colleges, as well as that of an independent financial aid consultant,” Henry said.

Verity earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and is currently obtaining a master’s degree in organizational leadership online from Lewis University, which she is projected to obtain in 2015.

Her career in finance began as financial aid counselor and coordinator for Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn., where she effectively handled a caseload of more than 2500 students and oversaw the HOPE Scholarship Program at the university. Verity has also acted as an independent financial aid consultant at MedVance Institute, now Fortis Institute, in Nashville, Tenn. During her time at Tusculum College, she developed and implemented the current Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Verity is affiliated with the National, Southern and Tennessee Associations of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

“I am particularly impressed by Melena’s knowledge of federal and state regulations and her willingness to continually stay abreast of changes that occur,” Henry said. “The College is eager to welcome Melena and her husband, Warren, to the Maryville area.”

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.