Paul Goebel, senior director of Campus Life, has received the Bob E. Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students from the National Association of Student Personnel Administration.
Goebel earned the honor for his commitment to student success and advocacy. He joined UNT in 2005 to establish an office dedicated to developing financial literacy programming to help students take control of their finances. As the director of the Student Money Management Center, Goebel and his team help strengthen more than 10,000 students' understanding of financial issues and budgeting each year.
"Money management is an important life skill every student needs to master," Goebel says. "As basic college and living costs continue to increase, the need for stronger money management skills becomes even more important for all students."
In addition to directing the Student Money Management Center, Goebel also serves as a facilitator of the UNT Spiritual Life Council, where he oversees new student initiatives and programs aimed at developing students' spirituality, beliefs and faiths.
"The network of support we have created with academic offices, advisors and other departments has allowed us to help students connect with resources and services that can best address their needs and concerns," Goebel says. "Seeing a smile returning to a student's face after a consultation is one of the greatest rewards I receive from working at the center."
Goebel says the award recognizes not only his continued dedication to UNT students, but the commitment of his entire team to helping students strengthen their money management knowledge, skills and abilities.
Before he joined UNT, Goebel worked in government, nonprofit and private sectors in Austin and southern California. Goebel received his bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and his master of business administration degree from St. Edward's University.
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.Rossetti@unt.edu.