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Meet Heather Howe

Heather Howe
Director of Visitor Engagement
University of Pittsburgh (PA)

What drew you to the world of college admission?
Growing up as a child of a university employee, I always knew I wanted to work in higher education. I loved the atmosphere and pace of the work. It wasn’t until I joined the Pitt Pathfinders (our student tour guides) that I found my love for college admission. Being able to have such a powerful effect on someone and help them make a decision on where they want to go to school is an amazing opportunity and one I knew I wanted to be more involved with.

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing one of our events come together and run like clockwork. Seeing the students so excited about our school and their parents so excited for them is a very magical experience.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
Through NACAC, I have been able to interact with my colleagues from all over the country and learn from them. I look forward to attending the conference every year to see the new and emerging trends and ideas. It is also a great way to get extra energy from each other before heading out on the road for fall travel!

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
I think the biggest challenge facing our profession is the impending decline in high school students. I think the Northeast will be hit particularly hard. It will likely change the landscape of colleges available.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
When I am not working, you can find me spending time with my friends and family. I also love to travel and am a Disney addict!

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Mulan! She encapsulates everything I want to be: strong, courageous, determined, passionate, and family-focused!

Describe yourself in five words.
Positive, supportive, encouraging, prideful, and passionate.

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