Interim dean of admission named

Stephanie Dupaul, director of undergraduate admission for SMU’s nationally ranked Cox School of Business, has been named the University’s interim dean of admission, effective Aug. 10, 2010. The appointment was announced by SMU Provost Paul Ludden.

Reporting to the Office of the Provost, Dupaul will supervise recruitment and admission for SMU’s undergraduate programs in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She will supervise a staff in central admissions and will work with recruitment officers in the schools, as well as with the central Office of Public Affairs on recruitment marketing. In the next several months SMU will restructure the Office of Admission to continue increases in the number and quality of applicants.

Dupaul replaces Dean of Admission Ron Moss. “He will be taking a well-deserved leave after leading SMU’s admissions efforts for 17 years,” Ludden said. “He has positioned us well for future progress, and we appreciate his service.”

Moss has presided over tremendous growth in SMU’s applications and rise in SAT scores. In 2010, for the first time, applications for the fall entering class approached 9,000, and SAT scores have risen nearly 100 points in the last 10 years.

Dupaul has led Cox undergraduate recruitment since 2002, achieving dramatic improvement in the academic profile of students entering the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) program. She previously served as Cox associate director for B.B.A. Advising from 1996-2002.

“With her experience recruiting top students in a changing market, Dupaul is well equipped to provide leadership in undergraduate admissions for the entire University and to help guide our restructuring,” Ludden said. “Our goal is to continue our rise in national prominence, increasing the number and quality of students applying to SMU.”

The Cox School of Business continually ranks among the top in the nation. In its ratings for 2010, BusinessWeek ranks the Cox B.B.A. program number 31 in the nation in overall quality and number seven for SAT scores.

Before joining SMU, Dupaul 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 education administration 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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