Samuel began his financial aid administration career in 1988 as Director of Financial Aid at DeKalb Technical College, Clarkston Georgia (now Georgia Piedmont Technical College). After completing seven years at DeKalb Technical College, he accepted employment as Director of Financial Aid at Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette Alabama (now Coastal Alabama Community College) in 1996. 14 years later, he accepted employment as Manager of Financial Aid at Bishop State Community College, Mobile Alabama. At the time of taking over the financial aid leadership at Bishop State Community College, the College was under the Heightened Cash Monitoring Payment Method (HCM2), and was also under “Provisional Approval” with the U.S. Dept. of Education to participate in Title IV, HEA programs, due to significant program review findings and sanctions. In less than 2 years, and under his leadership, Bishop State College was removed from the HCM2 Payment Method, and placed on the Advanced Payment Method. The College also received full Approval from the U.S. Dept. of Education to continue participation in the Title IV, HEA programs.
Samuel earned both the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1985 and the Master of Business Administration degree in 1988 from the University of Oklahoma. In 2004, he earned the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Management /Administrative Studies from the University of West Florida.
He has expert experience working with the College Board PowerFAIDS system, and significant experience working with EDExpress, EDConnect, NSLDS, COD Online, E-Apps, FISAP, and VA Once.