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Massachusetts man tapped as new admissions director; Forsythe begins his duties after the holidays

Following a nationwide search and interviews with several finalists, Austin Peay State University officials have chosen a Massachusetts man as the Universitys new director of admissions, effective Jan. 2, 2007.

Ryan G. Forsythe, Springfield, Mass., comes to APSU from Westfield (Mass.) State College, where he has served as assistant director of admissions and financial aid since 2002. Previously, he was a student financial services counselor for Emmanuel College, Boston, Mass.
Following a nationwide search and interviews with several finalists, Austin Peay State University officials have chosen a Massachusetts man as the University's new director of admissions, effective Jan. 2, 2007.

Ryan G. Forsythe, Springfield, Mass., comes to APSU from Westfield (Mass.) State College, where he has served as assistant director of admissions and financial aid since 2002. Previously, he was a student financial services counselor for Emmanuel College, Boston, Mass.

Forsythe received the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College in 2001. In May 2006, he earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of enrollment management and academic support for APSU, said, “Ryan comes to us from Westfield State College in Massachusetts, an institution that has many similarities to APSU and one that has been successful in increasing enrollment and improving retention rates.”

At Westfield State College, Forsythe was responsible for assisting with construction and implementation of recruitment and retention strategies, coordinating travel for all admissions staff, planning all aspects of the campus visitation program and conducting statistical analysis of recruitment efforts. He also assisted with the college's new data system, SCT Banner.

Among his professional affiliations, Forsythe is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, serving during 2003-05 on the National College Fair Planning Committee. He also is a member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

In his letter of interest to the APSU Office of Human Resources, Forsythe wrote: “It is … important for the leader of any student service office to provide prospective students and families with the utmost respect, professionalism and superior service. It is equally important to provide staff with direction, motivation and strong leadership.”

APSU President Sherry Hoppe said, “Ryan was extremely impressive during his campus interviews. We liked his fresh perspective, innovative ideas and knowledge of the process. He's intelligent, enthusiastic and already in sync with our goals for recruitment and retention.”

Forsythe and his wife, Joanne, will be relocating to Clarksville in December. -- Dennie B. Burke