Thursday December 14, 2006

Impressive Track Record

Sundar Kumarasamy, the University of Dayton's new vice president for enrollment management, brings a wealth of experience in increasing diversity, selectivity and reach.

Sundar Kumarasamy, assistant provost for enrollment management at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, has been tapped as the University of Dayton's new vice president for enrollment management, following a national search.

During a 12-year stint at Saint Joseph's University, he helped to change dramatically the Jesuit university's student profile. Applications soared 223 percent from 2,791 to 9,020, with minority applications nearly tripling. Minority students now make up a record 13 percent of SJU's first-year class. At the same time, selectivity increased following an acceptance rate that dipped from 80 percent to 55 percent. He extended the geographic reach of the university, expanding out-of-state applicants to 65 percent and opening satellite admission offices in Chennai, India, and Singapore.

An engineer by training who immigrated to the United States in 1991 to earn an M.S. in instructional technology from Philadelphia University, Kumarasamy found his "calling" in the world of higher education admission 25 years ago.

"He's a bright leader who brings an impressive record of success, a good understanding of our mission, and considerable energy and focus that he will apply in achieving success in our enrollment goals," said Fred Pestello, provost and senior vice president for educational affairs.

Kumarasamy intends to market UD more boldly as one of the nation's preeminent Catholic universities.

"That's what sets the University of Dayton apart. When institutions are struggling to find their identity in the name of branding, UD has a strong core that has stood the test of time."

The University of Dayton has attracted record applications for its first-year class each of the last four years.

For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3255 or rizvi@udayton.edu.