ATHENS, Ohio (June 21, 2005) -- T. David Garcia has been named director of undergraduate admissions at Ohio University effective Aug. 1. He has served as director of undergraduate admissions at Western Illinois University since 2003 and will replace interim director of undergraduate admissions Jean Lewis, who has directed the undergraduate admissions office since May 2004.
"David has a wealth of experience in admissions and has a proven record in developing innovative approaches to meet challenges," said Ohio University Provost Kathy Krendl. "He has worked diligently to improve recruitment processes with a special focus on diversity at every institution he has worked at and has ideal credentials for this position."
At WIU, Garcia supervises an admissions staff of 27 and oversees a $1.1 million budget. With the help of upper-level administration, he has planned and forecasted the university's enrollment and is responsible for developing a recruitment plan for freshmen and transfer students.
At WIU, he was able to facilitate the closing of the freshmen admission process by establishing a collaborative relationship with the Faculty Senate and the Council of Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS). He also implemented a new document imaging system into the admissions process, created the Enrollment Network, which is a communication forum for the recruitment process, and established the Multicultural Recruitment Advisory Board (MRAB). The MRAB is composed of students who assist with the recruitment of students from underrepresented groups.
"I am very excited to serve as the director for undergraduate admissions at Ohio University," Garcia said. "Ohio University has a beautiful campus and a reputation of excellence with its academic programs, faculty and staff, and campus environment. I am impressed, especially, with the collaborative efforts of the city of Athens and Ohio University for the students. It is this collaborative effort that will make the students and families feel welcomed."
Garcia is a member of several professional organizations, including the Illinois American College Testing (ACT) Council, the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and the Illinois American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IAACRAO).
"David emerged as the top candidate in a strong pool of applicants," said Leslie Flemming, search committee chair and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We are fortunate to be able to have his leadership in an area of such vital importance to Ohio University."
Prior to working at Western Illinois, Garcia held four progressive positions in admissions at Bowling Green State University between 1992 and 2003. He served the office as an admissions counselor (1992-94), assistant director of admissions for multicultural relations (1994-2000), interim associate director of admissions (2000-01) and associate director of admissions (2001-03).
Before entering the college admissions profession, he taught Spanish at Toledo Rogers High School for two years, while serving as an assistant baseball coach and yearbook adviser.
Garcia earned a master's degree in interpersonal communications from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree in Spanish business from the University of Findlay.
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