Alumna named financial aid director

Trina Frizzell Orr, associate director of financial aid at Western Carolina University, has been appointed director of the office, filling a position left open by the retirement of Nancy Dillard earlier this fall.

Trina Orr

Trina Frizzell Orr

Orr (pictured) brings skills, expertise and years of experience to the position, said Fred Hinson, senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, in announcing the appointment. A double alumna of Western Carolina, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting in 1994 and a master’s degree in business administration in 2001.

Orr began her career in WCU’s financial aid office 17 years ago as a work-study student. She went on to accept jobs in the office including office assistant, tracking coordinator, loan coordinator and financial aid counselor. She has been responsible for the management, development and implementation of multiple programs and computer systems in the financial aid office.

“I have a commitment to serving students and their financial needs,” said Orr. “I enjoy working with everyone in the financial aid office. We all work as a team. The Western Carolina family has been very supportive and I look forward to what the future brings.”