Cathy Shell
  • Cathy Shell
  • Director of Financial Aid

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.8740
  • Office: Chaffee Center, Financial Aid Office (Room 156)
  • Department: Financial Aid


BS, Lees-McRae College

Professional Achievements

I served as the 2014-15 President of the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and am actively involved in the regional financial aid administrator association.  

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the management and administration of the Financial Aid Office and its functions, including but not limited to the administration of all student financial aid funds from all sources including federal Title IV funds, all loan programs, NC state grants, endowed and restricted scholarships, private scholarships, and all institutional aid programs. The Director manages and supervises all departmental operations for manual and automated financial award systems, data management, records, and reporting requirements. The Director maintains compliance with all federal, state, and institutional regulations governing student aid programs, including scheduling and overseeing the annual A-133 audit and state compliance reviews. As a key member of the administration, the Director works collaboratively, and consults regularly, with a wide range of institutional stake holders to design policies and initiatives that support the strategic use of financial aid in enrollment growth and retention of traditional and nontraditional students.

Personal Interests

I have been employed at LMC for 32 years and love what I do.
I serve as Sunday School superintendent at Valle Crucis United Methodist Church.