By Tom Evelyn
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Robert Springall, who has served as associate director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Central Florida (UCF) since 2004, has been named dean of admissions at Bucknell University, Vice President for Enrollment Management Kurt Thiede announced today. Springall will begin July 1.
"Rob has demonstrated a commitment to putting students first and to the educational values we embrace here at Bucknell," Thiede said. "As dean of admissions, he will play a key role in fostering an admissions program built on close relationships with prospective students, secondary schools and counselors, and Bucknell's strong network of alumni, parents and friends of the University."
Chosen for the position at Bucknell following a national search, Springall has worked for the past five years at UCF in Orlando, where he has directed the undergraduate recruitment and application review for the university's Rosen College of Hospitality Management, a residential four-year branch campus. The college has an enrollment of 2,500 students.
From 2000 to 2004, Springall was the director of admissions at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He served as assistant and associate director of admissions for Cornell's College of Engineering from 1997 to 2000.
He also worked as assistant director of admissions at the University of Vermont in Burlington from 1996 to 1997 and as an admissions counselor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) from 1992 to 1994.
Springall is the co-chair of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling Middle Management Program and was the co-director and a faculty member for the National Association for College Admission Counseling Admission Middle Management Institute.
He has a master's degree in higher education from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in computer science from RIT.
Springall will report to the vice president for enrollment management and oversee all operational aspects of the Office of Admissions. The dean of admissions manages the University's comprehensive strategic recruitment plan, leads the process of selecting the entering classes, and directs the office's emerging national admissions program. Bucknell annually enrolls about 925 new first-year students and attracts some 8,000 applicants.
Thiede has held the dual title of vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions for the past three years. The hiring of a dean will allow Thiede to focus on enrollment management.
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