AMHERST, Mass. - Burt Batty, director of financial aid services at the University of Massachusetts since 1991, will leave his position next month to join Cambridge Technology Partners, an international firm with more than 3,500 employees headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., that specializes in corporate and higher education software. As associate director and senior consultant, Batty will serve as a liaison between the firm’s technology specialists and the higher education community.
The announcement was made by Joseph Marshall, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services. Marshall said he is "disappointed" that Batty is leaving but "pleased for him." He added: "It’s a great opportunity for him to explore his professional options. I’ve enjoyed working with him. It’s been a mutually productive year."
Although the two worked together at the University only since Marshall was hired a year ago, Marshall notes that he knew of Batty by reputation for many years.
Batty said: "The past seven years have been personally and professionally rewarding and extremely challenging. It’s been a pleasure to work with an administration so sensitive to students’ needs and to demonstrate that sensitivity by meeting financial needs. It’s also been a privilege to work with such a dedicated group of financial aid personnel. They have made my job easier and always kept the students’ interests at the center of everything they do."
Marshall said that Batty and his associates in financial aid services have created a structure that will ensure continuity in the coming months. "We will maintain this system of continuity while deciding how to fill the position with the best person in the best possible time-frame," Marshall said.
The campus operates one of the most comprehensive financial aid programs of any public university in the country and employs a staff of 36. While attending UMass, approximately 60 percent of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid to help meet their educational costs. During the 1998-99 academic year, more than $115 million in scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment opportunities was delivered to more than 15,000 students.
A native of New Bedford, Batty joined the University after serving as vice president and director of programs for the Maine Educational Loan Marketing Corporation. Before that, he served 12 years as financial aid director at the University of Maine’s Orono campus and worked in financial aid offices at Cape Cod Community College and Bradley University in Illinois.