Saint Louis University has appointed Tim Hercules director of Student Educational Services.
Hercules has worked at SLU in Student Financial Services since 2004, most recently serving as assistant director of counseling and outreach.
"Tim has demonstrated a high level of dedication, advocacy and innovation," said Cari Wickliffe, assistant vice president and director of student financial services. "He brings a deep passion for serving students, a commitment to our Jesuit mission and strong leadership to this new role."
In Student Financial Services, Hercules made it his mission to help families understand the sometimes very complicated financial aid process.
He not only advised students and their parents at SLU, but he also made presentations throughout the community.
Hercules estimates he has counseled more than 3,200 students and parents about financing a college education.
He now brings that same commitment to important University efforts like McNair Scholars, Billiken Bridge to Success and peer mentoring.
Through these programs and many others Student Educational Services (SES) assists students of varying backgrounds - first generation, modest income, disabilities - to achieve academic success.
Hercules also will oversee International Services, helping international students transition to the St. Louis campus as well as assisting domestic students traveling abroad, something he has personal experience with - he spent a semester as an undergraduate at SLU Madrid. He also has traveled to more than 40 countries.
Hercules said his background makes him well-suited for the new post.
"As a first generation student who studied abroad, I feel I understand the needs of the students we serve," Hercules said. "It's essential that we continue to collaborate to ensure continual success in recruiting, retaining and graduating these students who bring so much to our campus."
Hercules worked in Student Financial Services while he was an undergraduate at SLU. After earning his bachelor's degree in 1999, he went to work for Maritz Travel, managing incentive and business meetings for Fortune-100 Companies.
He returned to SLU in 2004 as a financial aid counselor. He also pursued a master's degree in international business, completing the program in 2006. He's currently enrolled in law school and is on track to earn his J.D. in December.
Hercules has been honored for his work at the University with a SLUStar award. He also has served as an instructor for the University 101 education program.