Michael Stefanowicz ’09 to be new admission director

March 14, 2016

Michael Stefanowicz will be the new Director of Admission for Saint Michael’s College after a national search.

Stefanowicz has worked in the College’s Admission Office for almost seven years, serving the last five as assistant director of admission. He is a 2009 Saint Michael’s graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history and religious studies, and completed his M.Ed at the College in 2015. He will formally assume his new duties July 1.

Sarah Kelly, vice president for enrollment & marketing, on Feb. 25 announced the results of the College’s recent search for a successor to Jacki Murphy ’74, who has announced her retirement after four decades of service.  Kelly said Stefanowicz distinguished himself among the finalists “by his ability to speak inspirationally and compellingly about the role the Catholic and Edmundite heritage plays in our community of inquiry,”

“He is passionate about the liberal arts, and the faculty members who interviewed him believe that he will collaborate with faculty members to insure that we continue to underscore academic rigor and faculty/student interactions in active and engaged learning as we recruit future classes to Saint Michael’s College,” Kelly said.

Stefanowicz said Saint Michael’s “is a place I consider home, and introducing prospective students and their families to Saint Michael’s has been joy-filled work.”

“I’m grateful to Dr. Sarah Kelly for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead our admission team at such a critical time,” he said. “Recruiting a talented student body that celebrates our Edmundite Catholic, residential, liberal arts character takes a campus; and I’m excited to lead our team’s collaboration with faculty, staff, and students to meet our admission goals.” He said he would “strive to honor Jacki Murphy’s legacy of embracing best practices in the field of college admission by making data-driven decisions and optimizing the way we use technology while keeping personal connections with prospective students and their families at the forefront of our work.”

Kelly said that Stefanowicz’s work as president of the Consortium of Vermont Colleges since his election in 2013 has helped him hone his project management and leadership skills. “Mike is aware that he has big shoes to fill as Jacki prepares to retire and the learning curve will be steep,” she said. “Jacki is thrilled with the choice of her successor and believes she’s leaving us in good hands with Mike.”

Stefanowicz’s recruitment territory as an assistant in the Admission office most recently has been Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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