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New admissions director has record of successful recruitment

February 4, 2003

Scott McDonald is the point person for the Universitys student-recruitment and admissions efforts. He replaces long-time admissions director, Charles McCorkle, who accepted a position at Nashville State Technical Community College, near his Nashville home.

McDonald comes to APSU from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, where he had served since 2001 as director of admissions and school relations.
February 4, 2003

Scott McDonald is the point person for the University's student-recruitment and admissions efforts. He replaces long-time admissions director, Charles McCorkle, who accepted a position at Nashville State Technical Community College, near his Nashville home.

McDonald comes to APSU from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, where he had served since 2001 as director of admissions and school relations.

As such, he coordinated a comprehensive recruitment plan and played an instrumental role in enrollment management. While overseeing the recruitment activities of five recruiters, two support staff and five student assistants, he developed various programs to facilitate admissions, including online registration, telemarketing and student orientation.

As coordinator of the academic scholarship program for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, he realized scholarships were going to good students, but not necessarily to students who were likely to persist to graduation. In his APSU interview, he said, “Funding difficulties caused us to look seriously at our scholarships, and we decided to try to leverage scholarships by giving them to students most likely to stay.”

Before his appointment as admissions director at the University of Arkansas, he was assistant director of admission (1997-2001) and admissions adviser and telecounseling supervisor (1995-96) for Westark College, Fort Smith.

McDonald earned a master's degree in adult education and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He is secretary for the Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, a member of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and has made professional presentations at conferences of both organizations.

Dr. Houston Davis, assistant vice president for academic affairs in charge of enrollment management, said, “With eight years of experience in higher-education admissions, Scott is on top of the latest in enrollment-management trends.

“He has a proven record of dedicated service to students throughout the entire enrollment process. He brings a fresh perspective to our enrollment management team at Austin Peay.”