SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Wittenberg University has named Kurt Schmidt, associate director of admission at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., as its new director of admission. Schmidt will begin his service to Wittenberg on June 27.
“We are excited to have Kurt join our enrollment management team,” said Evan Lipp, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Kurt brings with him a diverse set of experiences that will strengthen our operation and play an integral role in helping us reach the many enrollment goals outlined in our strategic plan.”
As director of admission, Schmidt will be responsible for the recruitment and admission of undergraduate and transfer students in a selective environment. He will also assist in the development and implementation of an admission operation and marketing communications plan, work collaboratively with faculty, alumni and the enrollment management staff, and represent the institution to current and prospective students and their families, as well as to alumni, high school faculty members and administrators, and other external constituents.
“Wittenberg is dedicated to learning on all levels: academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally, and to seeing the world from a global viewpoint,” Schmidt said. “It is truly a special institution, and I am thrilled to be joining its community.”
As the associate director of admission at LeMoyne, Schmidt managed approximately 3,000 application decisions for freshmen and international students, coordinated more than 200 alumni volunteers and their efforts to promote LeMoyne, conducted alumni training sessions in the college’s primary, secondary and tertiary markets, developed print communications, chaired numerous committees related to hiring decisions at the institution and spearheaded admission office planning retreats. He also coordinated and conducted multiple open houses, informational sessions and evaluation interviews for LeMoyne’s physician assistant program, and he initiated targeted recruitment efforts in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Puerto Rico, which significantly increased inquiries, applications and deposits to LeMoyne, the second youngest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States with a current undergraduate enrollment of 2,200.
Schmidt also served as an assistant director of admission and admission counselor at LeMoyne, during which time he visited more than 150 high schools and covered more than 40 college fairs annually. Prior to joining LeMoyne, Schmidt held numerous positions in the Office of Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland, including as an admission adviser where he identified new marketing techniques for recruitment and evaluated scholarship candidates.
In addition, Schmidt served as the supervisor for graduate survey in the Office of Career Services at SUNY-Cortland and was an orientation co-coordinator, which involved overseeing programming for families and guests of 1,500 freshmen and transfer students, training 21 orientation assistants and conducting presentations on effective communication and leadership styles. He also mentored more than 700 students on the college admission process as the assistant to the coordinator for Access to College Education Initiative (A.C.E.) at SUNY-Cortland.
A member of four national and state professional associations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Schmidt earned his B.A. in psychology from Villanova University in 1994 and his M.A. in higher education administration from Syracuse University in 2003.
Schmidt succeeds interim director of admission Linda Beals, a 1987 graduate of Wittenberg who succeeded 1968 alumnus Ken Benne. Benne’s admission career spanned three decades at Wittenberg, including as dean of admission from 1978-2004.
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