Cheryl Resh worked in university administration for over forty years and retired as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at UC Berkeley, where she worked from 1978 through 2011. Cheryl Hageman was born on September 8, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1970, and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration in 1978 from the School of Business Management at Northern Illinois University. In 1991, Resh earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis in Finance, Economics, and Operations Research. Her son Jeffrey Haigh was born in 1970, and in 1972 she was hired as a computer programmer and then Assistant Director of Admissions and Records at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois. In 1978, she moved to California with her son to work as an administrative analyst in the Office of Admissions and Records at UC Berkeley, where she soon became Associate Director of Records. In 1986, she met, and in 1994 married, UC Berkeley professor Vincent Resh, and together they have traveled much of the globe, often while leading Cal Discoveries Alumni Tours. In 1986, Cheryl became Associate Director of Operations in Berkeley's Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. For 25 years there, she implemented new computerized financial-aid delivery systems, and expanded student aid availability, especially for low income and first-generation students. She became Director of Berkeley's Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in 2001 and an Assistant Vice Chancellor in 2008. From 2003 through 2011, she also served on the Executive Council of the National Direct Student Loan Coalition, which met with the Department of Education and legislators regularly to discuss current financial aid issues. She was a long-time advocate for student aid and the expansion of the Direct Loan Program at the national level. The full transition to Direct Loans was enacted during the Obama administration in 2010, adding billions of dollars to the federal Pell Grant Program. Resh received the Berkeley Citation upon her retirement in 2011. In this oral history, she describes her career, shares stories from her family and personal life, and discusses living in Panama, her involvement in competitive horse jumping, her world travels, and her experiences as a wife, mother, and grandmother.




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