Faculty and Staff
|Title:||Assistant Dean / Enrollment Management
|School of Music|
School of Music Room 101A
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management Jennifer Jablonski oversees the admissions,
audition and scholarship process for undergraduate music applicants and directs national
recruiting for the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Jablonski has become a national leader in music admissions as one of the founders and facilitators of the Music Admissions Roundtable, a collaboration of music admissions colleagues at North American higher education music institutions to create a professional networking group that offers regular roundtable meetings/conferences to promote professionalism and share best practices in music admissions.
A 1993 graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, Jablonski studied journalism and music (saxophone), performing in USC’s top concert band ensembles, Left Bank Big Band jazz ensemble, the Carolina Marching Band and the USC Saxophone Quartet. During her time at Carolina, Jablonski performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Europe with a jazz ensemble that included several USC students and was part of the USC Symphonic Band European tour. She earned a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University and is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Practice and Innovation at the University of South Carolina.
Former employers include Radford University and Virginia Tech, where Jablonski served in roles in higher education administration, public relations, journalism and marketing. During that time, she performed with the Riverboat Ramblers, Big Dog and the Fat Cats, Wohlfahrt Haus, Blue Ridge Swing Revue, the Richmond Symphonic Winds, Summer Musical Enterprise and the Blacksburg Community Band.
Jablonski was named the 2008 winner of the University of South Carolina First Year Student Advocate Award, an award given to USC faculty or staff in recognition of positive impact on new students' lives. She is on the Board of Directors for Carolina Crown; an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary band fraternity; adviser and “Friend of the Arts” member of Sigma Alpha Iota, international music fraternity; and an alumna of Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band sorority. She is the co-founder/academic partner of the USC Music Community, an on-campus residential area for music majors and minors. She is a past president of the Carolina Alumni Association's Southwestern Virginia club and the Columbia area club (Richland/Lexington counties), and she sat on the Richland/Lexington club's Board of Directors for 15 years.
Jablonski co-presented the session “Recruitment and Retention: Establishing Pipelines, Managing the Cohort, Stemming Enrollment Decline” for the National Association of Schools of Music in 2018 along with Fred Peterbark, Dean of Enrollment and Aid at Cleveland Institute of Music.
Jablonski has studied saxophone with USC Professor Emeritus Doug Graham, Professor James Houlik, Professor David Widder and Dr. Paul Bro. She now performs with the Uptown Sax Chicks, an all-female, all-USC alumni saxophone quartet Jablonski founded in 2018.