Forrest Stuart

Forrest Stuart

Greg MacDonald, vice president for enrollment management, today named a new assistant vice president for financial aid.

Forrest Stuart, associate vice president for enrollment management and director of financial aid at Furman University, will assume his duties at the College on Jan. 1.

“I am delighted to welcome Forrest, an experienced professional who will play a key strategic role in helping the College to build an increasingly strong and diverse student body in the coming years,” says President Alison Byerly. “With financial aid as a key component of our strategic direction, Stuart will play an important role in achieving our enrollment expansion goals.”

“I am thrilled to have a nationally recognized financial aid leader join our team,” says MacDonald. “This key hire was successfully completed thanks to the dedication and commitment of the search committee and the exceptional partnership from Isaacson, Miller.”

Stuart began as director of financial aid at Furman in 2008 and advanced to his current role where he administers over $98 million in federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.

He earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson and has served as director of financial aid at both Rhodes College and Birmingham-Southern College over a nearly 30-year career in higher education.

“When I saw the term ‘linchpin’ used in describing the importance of financial aid to Lafayette’s long-term success, I knew President Byerly and the Board of Trustees were unwavering in the goal of becoming need-blind in the admission of talented students from around the world,” says Stuart.

“Lafayette College has the unique characteristic of being a highly selective institution yet unpretentious in personality,” he says. “When I was on campus and witnessed the genuine interactions among students, faculty, and staff, I knew I wanted to be a part of that culture.”

“Another attraction to the College is the town of Easton,” says Stuart. “Much like my current home of Greenville, South Carolina, Easton is brimming with culture, arts, and food! My family and I not only want to be ‘in Easton’ but also ‘of Easton.’”

Stuart and his wife, Pam, have two daughters: Emily, a graduate of TCU and licensed athletic trainer in Waco, Texas, and Katelyn, a sophomore biology and sociology double major at Furman.

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