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Two years after hire, admission director to leave; national search begins

NewsCampus NewsTwo years after hire, admission director to leave; national search begins


Jose Aviles
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Current admissions director José Aviles will be leaving in May, and a search committee has been appointed to find a new director.

With José Aviles leaving for a job at the University of Buffalo, the university has set up a committee to find a new director of admissions. Aviles is leaving the university after joining in 2012.

At Buffalo, Aviles will serve as associate vice provost and director of admissions. A search committee has been tasked with replacing Aviles, according to Vice President of Enrollment Management Chris Lucier. Chairing the committee is political science professor David C. Wilson and the committee –– selected by Lucier and supported by the president and provost –– includes a mix of administrators and faculty.

“We have assembled an outstanding search committee that includes representation from critical areas that affect the overall student experience,” Lucier said to UDaily. “More important, our team consists of leaders who are deeply invested in the success of our students, and who are passionate about our University and our tradition of excellence.”

Three of the nine members of the board were on the committee that was convened two years ago when Aviles was selected, Lucier said. The committee will be assisted by William Spellman, an executive search firm.

“What they bring is a broad network of candidates from around the country,” Lucier said.

William Spellman will develop a roster of potential candidates. Together with the search committee, they will perform due diligence on the candidates, Lucier said. The search committee will then select six to eight candidates for semifinalist interviews, and three to four of those candidates will be invited to campus.

“The university community will have an opportunity to meet with the final two to three candidates that will be brought to campus by mid-May, and we will be soliciting feedback from all who participate in those open sessions,” said Melissa Stone, committee chair and director of Student Financial Services.

The committee will be tasked with finding a new director by Aug. 1, a task which Lucier described as aggressive but achievable. In the interim, Deputy Director of Admissions Doug Zander will fill the director’s role.

“Being guided by the new strategic plan, Delaware Will Shine, the new director we have will recruit an academically strong and diverse student body for the future,” Lucier said.




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