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Saundra M. Carter Named Acting Director of Office of Recruitment and Admissions

“We have tremendous confidence in Ms. Carter’s track record and her reputation both within and outside of the University community. I fully expect that under her charge, this crucial operation will continue to improve,” according to Dr. Ken Bain, Provost.

Washington, DC – Dr. Ken Bain announces the appointment of Ms. Saundra Carter as Acting Director of the Office of Recruitment and Admissions for the University of the District of Columbia, effective November 16, 2012.  While a national search is undertaken, Ms. Carter has agreed to take charge of what is considered the “gateway” to the University (along with the newly redesigned web site) and through which all prospective students and parents must pass.

Bain selected Carter in large part for her extensive background and experience in leadership positions at the University, including her seven years currently serving as the director of UDC’s Office for TRIO & College Preparatory Programs, in the Division of Student Affairs, and for her expertise working with youth.  During her 35+ years tenure at UDC, she has worked in several positions in Student Affairs, including:  Acting Associate V.P. for Student Affairs; Interim Senior Director in the Office of Student Life and Services; and Acting Coordinator, Office for Services to Students with Disabilities.  In addition, she has served as a counselor, coordinator, or director for various UDC offices, including the Lorton Prison Vocational/Title I/ ESL Program and the Office for Youth and Community Programs for one of UDC’s founding organizations, the Washington Technical Institute.  Ms. Carter has a keen understanding and perspective on students, their families, and the many challenges facing the diverse population that UDC serves and attracts, and she is expected to skillfully manage the reins of the Admissions and Recruitment Office.

Ms. Carter retains her position as the TRIO director and will monitor that office as well.  About assuming this additional role for the University, she said, “I thank the Provost for his confidence in me—and Dr. Epps for the accommodation.  The Office of Recruitment and Admissions is critical to attaining our goals of becoming a leading and sought-after ‘learning university.’”

Ms. Carter earned an M.Ed. from Boston University in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology, and a B.S. from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) in Social Welfare.  She is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through a program at George Washington University, and she continues to garner post-graduate credits at UDC in Higher Education Administration, demonstrating that she is also an “LLL” (life-long learner). 

The search for a permanent director will be/has been launched, and details about the position and qualifications will be posted on the UDC web site.

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