Wes K. Waggoner, whose university admissions experience spans 20 years, has been named SMU’s new dean of undergraduate admission and executive director of enrollment services. Chosen after a national search, Waggoner reports to Stephanie Dupaul, associate vice president for enrollment management.
Waggoner previously served as associate dean and director of freshman admission at TCU. In addition, 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 and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas.
“Wes has demonstrated his skills in developing comprehensive recruiting plans, redesigning processes, and mentoring a professional team of admissions professionals,” Dupaul says. “He is 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.”
Waggoner also is a nationally known leader in the admission profession, having served on committees for numerous organizations.
At SMU, Waggoner will oversee all activities of the Office of Admission, including admission for first-year, transfer and international applicants. He will work with recruitment staff from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Lyle School of Engineering, the Meadows School of the Arts, the Cox School of Business and the Simmons School of Education and Human Development to recruit outstanding undergraduates to SMU.
“The Centennial is such an exciting time to become a part of the SMU community,” Waggoner says. “I am most pleased that at the forefront of such momentum is a student’s academic experience. That’s what makes SMU a great university.”