Sofia B. Pertuz, Ph.D, assistant vice president and dean of students, has been named to a national committee created by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to develop innovative policy proposals addressing college affordability and the future of federal student aid.
Called Forward50, the group is comprised of college presidents, board members, students and leaders from admissions, financial aid, bursar and other offices at public and private institutions nationwide. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sparked by the upcoming congressional reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act (HEA), Forward50 will produce four white papers on with policy recommendations on four key areas: access, affordability, accountability and transparency.
“I wanted to be a part of the Forward50 because I remember how dependent my college attendance was on my financial aid package,” Pertuz said. “I am living proof that with the right information, access and resources, individuals can take advantage of opportunities available through higher education to achieve great accomplishments. Serving on this committee is truly an honor.”
Pertuz earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a master’s degree in educational administration and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership, management and policy, both from Seton Hall University.
In her role as assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Pertuz is responsible for supervising program and offices related to student life, including residence life, commuting student services, community standards, student leadership and engagement, student advocacy and prevention awareness, community outreach, campus recreation, intercultural engagement and inclusion, fraternity and sorority life and LGBTQIA programming and advocacy. She also serves as an adjunct professor in Hofstra’s higher education leadership graduate program.