Stephanie Dupaul named SMU AVP for enrollment management

Stephanie DupaulStephanie Dupaul will become SMU’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management in the Office of the Provost on June 1, 2011. In this newly created position, she will provide strategy and leadership for the University’s ongoing commitment to increasing the number and quality of applicants for admission.

Dupaul has served as SMU’s interim dean of admissions since August 2010. She previously served as director of undergraduate admissions in SMU’s Cox School of Business, where she achieved dramatic improvement in the academic profile of students entering the Business Administration (B.B.A.) program. The University will now begin a search for a dean of admissions, who will report to Dupaul.

“Dr. Dupaul was the choice of the committee after a very strong field of candidates visited SMU following our national search,” said Paul Ludden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited about the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to this position, along with her keen understanding of the national admissions landscape.”

“I am honored and excited to help contribute to the University’s growth, and grateful for the support of the faculty, staff, students and alumni,” Dupaul said. “SMU was at the forefront of the enrollment management movement when our Division of Enrollment Management was formed over a decade ago; this position will strengthen the connections in the division as we work together to support the University’s mission and goals.”

SMU’s director of financial aid, registrar, bursar and dean of admissions all will report to Dupaul in her new role. She will chair the Strategic Enrollment Management Group and will direct the University’s relationships with admissions-related consultants.

SMU is seeing dramatic growth in applications and a steady rise in the SAT scores of students who seek admission. Applications for SMU’s fall entering class increased by more than 30 percent for Fall 2011, and SAT scores have risen nearly 100 points in the last decade.

Dupaul served as Cox associate director for B.B.A. advising and student records from 1996-2002. Before joining SMU, she was associate director of M.B.A. admissions at the University of Dallas and academic adviser for Brookhaven College. Dupaul holds an Ed.D. degree in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in English from SMU and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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