June 1, 2011

Stephanie Dupaul (right) has been named SMU’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management. In this new position in the Office of the Provost, she will provide strategy for the University’s goal of increasing the number and quality of applicants.

Dupaul has served as interim dean of SMU admissions since August 2010. She previously served as director of undergraduate admissions in Cox School of Business, which improved the academic profile of its B.B.A. students. The University is searching for a dean of admissions, who will report to Dupaul.

“This position will strengthen the connections in the Division of Enrollment Management as we work together with the schools to support SMU’s mission and goals,” says Dupaul, who earned an M.A. in English in 2004 from SMU.

Dupaul says she also is eager to work with alumni who serve as Student Recruitment Volunteers, call prospective students in their areas and attend SMU Previews and other events. “Because prospective students view alumni and current students as trustworthy sources of information, alumni can serve as the best representatives of the SMU experience,” she says.

The director of financial aid, registrar and bursar also will report to Dupaul. She will chair the Strategic Enrollment Management Group and direct SMU’s relationships with admissions consultants.

SMU is seeing dramatic growth in applications and a rise in the SAT scores of students who seek admission. Applications for the entering class for fall 2011 increased by more than 30 percent, and SAT scores have risen nearly 100 points in the past 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 and a Bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin.