A Walters State Community College student has been named student representative on the board of directors for the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, which administers state financial aid and scholarship programs.
Joslyn Frazee, a sophomore from Morristown, was appointed to the board by Gov. Phil Bredesen and will serve for one year.
She is the first Walters State student to serve on the board and was chosen from nominations made by public universities and community colleges across the state.
“This appointment is an honor for both Joslyn and Walters State,” said Dr. Wade McCamey, president of Walters State.
“I am confident she will do an excellent job in providing a voice for students on the TSAC board.”
Frazee’s new responsibilities include attending quarterly meetings in Nashville and providing input on proposals from a student perspective.
“This will require a lot of research on my part. I’m both honored and excited,” said Frazee, a dance and pre-physical therapy major.
She will find herself in some very good company at board meetings.
In addition to the governor, members include Dr. Charles Manning, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and Dr. Richard Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
“Joslyn’s work experience in the financial aid office and her community service work made her an outstanding candidate for this position,” said Matthew Hunter, associate director of financial aid at Walters State.
Frazee was nominated for the position by Hunter and Linda Mason, dean of financial aid.
Frazee was chosen by the governor from nominations submitted by all public institutions of higher education, including four-year universities.
Frazee worked for several years before deciding to return to college.
At age 24, she understands and relates to both students who attend right out of high school and older students who return to school, Hunter said.
Frazee plans to become a physical therapist.
In addition to her studies, Frazee teaches dance at Lakeway School of Ballet.
She is a former member of the professional company, Ballet Magnificat!, based in Jackson, Miss.
She hopes to one day own her own dance company.
“I would like to make dance accessible and affordable to students in small communities and in the rural areas of East Tennessee,” she said.
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