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William Peace University Names Mandy Alston Financial Aid Coordinator

Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University Hires New Staff Member in Financial Aid Department

Raleigh, NC, April 09, 2015 --( William Peace University, ( a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, is proud to formally announce the hiring of Mandy Alston as Financial Aid Coordinator. Alston, who began working at the school in December of 2014, is responsible for handling Federal Work-Study and Student Loans, and assisting current and prospective students in the financial aid process.

Prior to joining the WPU staff, Alston worked as a branch manager at Three Rivers Federal Credit Union in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After moving to North Carolina, she worked in the non-profit sector as a Manager for a financial counseling organization and in the financial aid department at ITT Technical Institute. Alston earned a B.S. in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

“I am excited to be working for William Peace University,” Alston said. “The staff and students are so welcoming, and I am looking forward to growing with the school in the years to come.”

“We’re excited to have Mandy come aboard,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., President of William Peace University. “She brings a great deal of financial experience, and we know our current and prospective students will benefit from that.”

“It’s a pleasure to have Mandy at WPU,” said Holly Kauls ’17. “I, along with the other students, am looking forward to working with her.”

Alston, who is an Indiana native, resides in Raleigh with her husband.

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William Peace University is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women's college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor's students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university's graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. In fact, the University is ranked No. 1 in the nation among colleges with the highest rate of internships, according to a 2013 study conducted by U.S. News & World Report. For more information on WPU, please visit
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