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UR hires new dean of admissions

The University of Rochester has hired a new dean of admissions, financial aid and enrollment management.

Robert Alexander, vice president for enrollment and communications at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., will start his new role in Rochester June 1.

Robert Alexander
Robert Alexander

“Rob immediately impressed our … search committee of students, faculty and staff with his deep understanding of national trends in enrollment and his experience in attracting and supporting students from diverse backgrounds,” said Donald Hall, dean of the faculty of arts, sciences and engineering. “He will be an inspirational leader for our highly skilled team in admissions, financial aid and enrollment management, and a great external ambassador for the university.”

Alexander will oversee more than 90 staff members, a budget of $9.4 million and the awarding of more than $330 million in student aid.

In a statement about his appointment, Alexander said, “I’m drawn to the University of Rochester by the same distinction that attracts scholars from around the world—the intellectual horsepower of a leading research university combined with the interpersonal growth opportunities of a liberal arts education, where the best and brightest students craft their own programs of study,” said Alexander.

Prior to working at Millsaps, Alexander held enrollment administration positions at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and Tulane University in New Orleans. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from Tulane, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

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