Paul White Named Admissions Director at Hopkins
White, who assumed his duties at Hopkins Sept. 19, directs recruitment and undergraduate admissions for the university's School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering, both located on the Homewood campus in Baltimore. He oversees a staff of eight admissions counselors and a nine-member in-house administrative team.
Since 1988, White has been an integral part of the admission office at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He was associate dean of admission for four years before, in 1992, becoming senior associate dean of admission. Throughout his tenure at Colgate, he also served as director of transfer admission.
White has also worked previously as associate dean of admission at Hamilton College and as assistant director of undergraduate admission at Yale University. He is a 1979 graduate of Yale with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies, and in 1987 earned a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
"Paul White is an outstanding professional who is well- respected by his colleagues. He is exceptionally well-positioned to lead our undergraduate admissions office to the next level of excellence," said Robert J. Massa, associate dean for enrollment. "I am particularly looking forward to his expertise in recruiting students who are interested in the liberal arts, where Hopkins must concentrate in the future to round out our freshman class."
At Hopkins, where the 1994-95 freshman class of 952 is the largest ever, White hopes to continue the work of the admissions office in championing the diverse, highly regarded undergraduate programs at the university.
"One of the things I would like to do is make sure people understand that Hopkins is a true university, with strong areas across the board," said White. "People assume because you have a strong reputation in research that you're not necessarily approachable as an (undergraduate) institution, and that's something I'd like to change."
White, who coordinated the minority recruitment program at Hamilton and assisted in the development of a minority alumni network at Yale, lauded the efforts of Hopkins in doubling its minority enrollment since 1990.
"It's important for us to try and mirror our population," said White. "We should try to reflect our society."
One of but a handful of African-American admission directors at major U.S. universities, White said he is aware that "I'm something of a role model."
"On the other hand, I've been working in admissions for a dozen years, and I'm in this position not because I'm a minority but because I can do the job."
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