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Joyce to Succeed Moulton as Director of Student Aid

Story posted September 15, 1998

Sept. 10, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Stephen H. Joyce of South Freeport has been named director of student aid at Bowdoin College, effective Jan. 1, 1999. Joyce, who was named to the position following a national search, has served as associate director of student aid at Bowdoin since 1994.

Joyce will succeed Walter H. Moulton, '58, who will retire at the end of June 1999, completing 38 years of service to the College. Between January and June, Moulton will be conducting research on long-range financial aid planning. Joyce's appointment was announced by Bowdoin's Dean of Admissions, Richard Steele.

"Steve Joyce's previous work as a teacher, counselor, upper school head and college admissions officer, combined with his extensive experience as a senior financial aid officer here at Bowdoin, have prepared him well for this important position," Steele said. "The Search Committee is confident that Steve Joyce will provide Bowdoin with the strong and progressive leadership in financial aid planning which the college has enjoyed over the past 30 years."

Joyce served as the College's assistant director of student aid from 1991-1994. He also served for a brief time as an admissions officer at Bowdoin. In addition, he has served on the Finance Authority of Maine, the Maine Association of Financial Aid Administrators and the New England Region of the College Board since 1991.

Prior to coming to Maine, Joyce was the Head of the Upper School at the Royce School in Oakland, Cal., and the Director of College Guidance at the Rivers School in Weston, Mass.

Joyce earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Williams College.

Student aid plays an essential role in attracting a diverse student body to Bowdoin College, which has succeeded for the past five years in maintaining a "need-blind admission policy." Students are accepted based on their academic skill, not on their ability to pay.

Bowdoin has relied largely on the generosity of its donors to maintain the endowment fund at a level necessary to continue this policy. The New Century capital campaign, completed this summer, has added $29 million to the endowment to be used exclusively for financial aid. Last year alone, Bowdoin distributed nearly $12 million in financial aid, assisting 40 percent of the student body.

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