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Elreo Campbell joined Colby’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid Aug. 24 as an associate dean and director of financial aid. He arrived at Colby eager to provide as much help as possible to families navigating the complicated and sometimes confusing world of seeking and evaluating a financial aid package.
“College access is a priority for Colby, and in Reo Campbell we’ve found someone who can both lead our financial aid program and guide families through the sometimes complex financial aid application process,” said Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Matt Proto. “We are excited Reo has joined our team—he is an extraordinary professional.”
Campbell got started in the profession as an undergraduate work-study employee in the office of financial aid at Drexel University. He proved so passionate about customer service and making sure students’ needs were met that the university hired him full time while he finished his bachelor’s degree. He remained with Drexel six more years after graduating, including four as director of financial aid for the college of medicine. His priority of putting students first led the student body to award him the medical college’s Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Service, usually reserved for faculty and medical staff. He was the first administrator so honored.
Campbell worked at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass., from 2011 through 2015, most recently as dean of student financial services. He was senior director of financial aid at Valley Forge Military College in Pennsylvania between his Drexel and Newbury posts. He earned an associate’s degree at Community College of Philadelphia in 2000, a B.S. degree at Drexel in 2003, and an M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix in 2010.
Campbell attributed his success to meeting with and listening to students and to his work with lenders and guarantors to make sure his students’ needs were being met on time. “I’ve experienced what the students are going to experience,” he said. “Everything we did put the students first.”