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SMU names Wes K. Waggoner Dean of Undergraduate Admission

SMU Dean of Undergraduate Admission Wes K. WaggonerWes K. Waggoner, whose university admissions experience spans 20 years, is SMU’s new dean of undergraduate admission and executive director of enrollment services. Waggoner will begin his duties at SMU Oct. 17, 2011. He was chosen after a national search.

“Wes stood out for his experience with financial aid, marketing, search strategies and leadership ability,” said SMU Provost Paul Ludden. “He is passionate about taking SMU to the next level, and he has the intellectual and professional skills to help us reach our goals.”

Waggoner currently serves as the associate dean and director of freshman admission at TCU. Previously, he held admissions roles at the University of Tulsa, Tulane University, Fort Worth Country Day School and The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Tulane University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in not-for-profit management from the University of Dallas.

At SMU, he will report to Stephanie Dupaul, associate vice president for enrollment management. Dupaul said Waggoner’s background and personality made him a good fit for SMU.

“I hoped we would find someone who would bring expertise, intelligence and creativity to SMU. Wes brings these strength, and more,” Dupaul said. “He has demonstrated his skills in developing comprehensive recruiting plans, redesigning processes, and mentoring a professional team of admissions professionals. He is passionate about SMU and excited about the path the university is on as we implement a new curriculum, develop our residential commons, and continue to expand our academic research. Wes will use his many strengths to tell the SMU story – a story 100 years in the making but also a story that is just beginning.”

Waggoner is a nationally known leader in the admission profession, having served as chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of College Admission Counselors, chair of the Admissions Practices Committee for the Texas Association of College Admission Counselors (TACAC), instructor for the TACAC Summer Institute, chair of the Higher Education Curriculum committee for the Admission and College Counseling Institute, and as a member of The College Board‘s SAT Advisory Committee and the SAT Score Choice Task Force.

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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.

AARO season opens with Ice Cream Social June 25

Ice cream sundae stock photoSMU’s New Student Programs and Division of Enrollment Services kick off the 2010 orientation season with the traditional AARO Ice Cream Social, 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

The entire University community is invited to enjoy a free sundae (and priceless community bonding) as SMU prepares to welcome hundreds of new students through its Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation programs. Faculty and staff members can also meet the 2010 Orientation Leaders and watch a brief presentation at 3:30 p.m.

SMU shifts to Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

As of June 14, 2010, SMU joined thousands of other U.S. higher education institutions in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. As a result, all SMU students with federal Stafford, Grad PLUS and Parent PLUS loans will borrow their funds from one lender, the U.S. Department of Education, rather than a bank or other lending institution.

The change was mandated by the recently passed Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act that terminates the Federal Family Education Loan Program as of July 1, 2010.

SMU’s Office of Financial Aid will keep the campus community informed of important updates and instructions through SMU e-mail. Students will be contacted by e-mail to inform them of any necessary steps to complete to ensure timely processing of their direct loans.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services, 214-768-3417.

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Faculty in the News: Sept. 5, 2008

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed the market implications of ConocoPhillips’ recent sale of its remaining gas stations with The Houston Chronicle Aug. 27, 2008.

Ron Moss, Admissions, talked about why the SAT score is still a good indicator of potential success in college in The Dallas Morning News Aug. 27, 2008.

Steve Kardell, Law, talked about how he uses Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements to predict the next wave of corporate scandals with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 27, 2008.

Bonnie Wheeler, English/Medieval Studies, and Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum, were featured in the article “Encountering the Middle Ages: Spain and the Meadows Museum” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) June 13, 2008.

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