Otto W. Reyer, MA, nationally renowned for his expertise in transforming
student financial aid offices into virtually “”paperless”” departments with
the help of sophisticated electronic database systems, has joined Western
University of Health Sciences (WesternU) as director of financial aid.
Reyer comes to WesternU even as he continues his work as a consultant for
the U.S. Department of Education’s Project EASI, an information and
systems redesign and reengineering plan for federal and other delivery
systems of higher education student financial aid.
“”We’re extremely fortunate that someone of Otto’s reputation and mastery
has elected to join us here at WesternU,”” said Philip Pumerantz, PhD,
president. “”We’re looking forward to working with him as we improve upon
our already solid systems and provide an even higher level of service to
One of Reyer’s major goals as director of financial aid will be to work
with the University’s information technology department as WesternU
upgrades its financial aid, student affairs and admissions departments to
predominately electronic (i.e. “”paperless””) systems.
“”We’re going to move this campus to the next level,”” Reyer said.
“”But more importantly, we intend to serve WesternU’s students,”” he
added. “”They’re the reason the department even exists and if we can make
their financial lives easier, thus leaving their minds free for what’s
really important – their studies – then I’ve accomplished what I’ve come
Reyer served as assistant vice chancellor and director of financial aid at
the University of California, Irvine from 1973 to 1996. It was during his
tenure there that he and his staff, using a highly sophisticated
information technology system, converted the department into its present
Reyer also was a founding member of the Federal Direct Student Loan
Program (initial schools).
Reyer has worked as a senior vice president for American Express,
Educational Loans; as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services and the State of California, Student Aid Commission; and as
a speaker/trainer for the U.S. Department of Defense-Overseas High School
Program; as well as a variety of other consultant roles with universities,
colleges and career schools with an emphasis on information technology and
integration with student systems.
Reyer lives in Irvine with his wife, Bebe. They have one adult daughter,