Solomon K. Enos
Associate Director of Admissions
Duke University (NC)

What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
Like many, I found my way walking backward as a tour guide. That led to an admission internship and then a job offer as an admission counselor once I graduated. It’s 20 years later and I’m still loving my work!

What is your favorite part of the job?
Relationship-building is probably my favorite part. I enjoy keeping in touch with students and witnessing their growth, first as undergraduates and then as alumni. I am also fortunate to have built incredible connections with colleagues, many of whom are now some of my closest friends.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC membership packs a punch! It has been a trusted source of information, whether through the daily digests in my inbox, the treasure trove of information found in the Knowledge Center, or the educational sessions at Guiding the Way to Inclusion and the annual conference. In addition, NACAC has connected me with many colleagues over the years, whether through presenting at the annual conference, serving on a NACAC committee, or participating in the Asian & Pacific Islander Special Interest Group. There is tremendous value in a NACAC membership.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
Too many barriers remain that prevent or dissuade students from marginalized backgrounds from applying to college. We must continue to use our power and privilege to reduce and eliminate these barriers in our admission practices.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy cooking with my husband, running around Durham, traveling to new and favorite places in the world, and catching up with family and friends.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
This is going back a few years (or decades!) but I’d be Sydney Bristow from the television show, Alias. I choose her because I love the show, of course, but also for her strength, intelligence, courage, and compassion—traits that I aspire to each day.

Published Sept. 19, 2022