A farewell and a congratulations goes out to Diane Borchardt.
She will be retiring December 4, 2020. Before she jets off to some amazing places, we thought we would ask her a few questions.
What is your current position and how long have you held this position?
My current job title is Regional Vice President. Although my title has changed a few times, I’ve been working with school financial aid administrators since I joined the guarantor in 2002.
How long have you been in the financial aid/Higher Ed financial field?
This year is my 40th year in financial aid. As many of our colleagues, I started as a student worker at my college. My first years of financial aid were at Concordia University – St. Paul. Then at the guarantor.
What is one of your greatest memories in your career?
This is a tough question. On the school side, my greatest memories are of helping students. Although students don’t always say thank you, there were those that did. A student who brought me a rose with a nice thank you; when I got a brief note from the student or the time a graduate came back to campus with his wife and kids and told his family that I made his education possible — they spoke for all the rest.
I have many, many memories of working with financial aid administrators in many offices. I especially have memories of the KASFAA conference. Those conference themes are always so creative.
What are some words of wisdom in this field?
Never lose sight of the ultimate goal – making sure students have the resources to make it to graduation.
What will you do the first day you do not have to arrive at the office?
I’m going to sleep in, then get up for a leisurely cup of coffee with the paper. 😊
Do you have any retirement goals?
My husband and I plan to travel when the world is safer. In the meantime, I will have more time to spend with my six grands (virtually) as well as the opportunity to bike and garden in the summer; read by a cozy fire in the fall and winter; and sew fun things.
I will also be helping out in my daughter and son-in-law’s Great Harvest Bread store by bringing their wares to the local Farmers Market next summer.
What is your favorite quote?
I didn’t have one….but decided it was time to adopt…..these both speak to me and the next chapter.
The most wasted of days is one without laughter – E.E. Cummings
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C.S Lewis
Do you have anything else to add?
I’ll miss my financial aid family. You are the best!
We wish you a very happy retirement filled with laughter, family, travels, quiet moments, and everything you desire.