USC names director of undergraduate admissions
By Maegan Gudridge, Student Affairs and Academic Support, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Tileston Wagner, who has served since 2008 as senior associate director, has been named director of undergraduate admissions at the University of South Carolina.
Wagner will assume her new role on Sept. 1, succeeding Scott Verzyl, who continues as associate vice president for enrollment management and executive director of admissions.
As director of undergraduate admissions, Wagner will oversee daily operations and staff management of the admissions office and will coordinate activities related to student recruitment, marketing and application processing. Wagner, who was associate director for operations and technology from 2006 to 2008, also will coordinate implementation of the admissions-related portion of OneCarolina, the university-wide project to replace the university’s administrative computing systems.
“Mary has demonstrated her ability to build key relationships with internal and external constituencies,” Verzyl said. “She also has an excellent track record using data and applying new technology to grow and manage our application volume and meet our enrollment goals. With her leadership, we have been able to expand outreach to new student markets and improve operational support to our admissions team, which now includes staff working in locations across campus, as well as across the country. Her knowledge of Banner software is especially critical as the university turns the corner on OneCarolina, learns the new system and improves service delivery to students."
Prior to joining South Carolina, Wagner served as Louisiana College's director of admission from 2001 to 2003 and later as the institution's director of enrollment management and institutional research from 2003 to 2004. She was previously an assistant director for operations at North Georgia College & State University from 1998 to 2001.
Wagner earned her bachelor's degree in retailing from the University of South Carolina where she was named to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the university's highest undergraduate honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. She also earned a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina.
"Serving my alma mater as its next director of admissions is a tremendous honor,” Wagner said. “I've enjoyed working alongside a team of colleagues, faculty and staff who are deeply committed to a high-quality admissions and enrollment experience. The sum of USC’s many parts makes this institution an attractive place for current and future students and a fantastic place to work."
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