Dean of Admissions
Nassau Community College (NY)
Co-Leader of the Community College/Transfer SIG
What drew you to the world of admission?
While attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I had the opportunity to work as a tour guide and that really started my career in higher education. I had a mentor (Mr. Richard Toomey, currently vice president of enrollment, marketing and communications at Indiana State University) who encouraged me to stay in the profession. Admissions is the only career I have worked in since 1998 and have enjoyed every day of the job.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I love meeting with prospective students and their families. Working in a community college allows me to work with many diverse students. Some students are coming back to school after a long period of time, while others may be transferring to NCC because they did not have a great experience at their previous institution.
How did you get involved with the Community College/Transfer SIG?
I first got involved in the community college SIG five years after changing schools from a four-year university to a two-year community college. After attending the national meeting they were looking for a new chair, and I volunteered. The last two years have been great. I have been fortunate to have met many great people who are very committed to the transfer/community college population.
Why is this SIG important to you?
The transfer/community college SIG helps continue to educate about the importance of the transfer/community college population. This population is critical in the counseling profession. As students complete their community college education, they need to be informed about all educational opportunities.
Why should counselors and admission professionals get involved with a NACAC SIG?
SIGs are a great way to grow professionally. Over the last few years our NACAC meeting has been very well attended, and the conversations are amazing. College admission counselors and school counselors feel that it is a safe environment to share some best practices. Every year at the NACAC conference I’ve been able to learn a little more about the transfer process and, as a result, been able to help more students.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
The CEPP has changed significantly, and I think the college admission process will be changing before our eyes. We have seen some of this already from how some colleges are recruiting students. It will be interesting to see the landscape over the next couple of admission cycles.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
Love spending time with my wife and two kids (14-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son). I coach many of their sports teams. When not with family and not working, I am trying to complete my doctoral dissertation (hopefully finishing soon)!
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