Harris Search Associates has recruited John Ambrose as Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Michigan State University

Harris Search Associates has recruited John Ambrose as Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Michigan State University.  He begins his appointment on November 15, 2019.

Ambrose joined MSU in 2008 as the senior associate director for inclusion, strategic planning, and student success.  Most recently, he has served as interim Executive Director for Admissions and Recruitment, tasked with leading a team that oversees recruiting, admitting, and enrolling undergraduate students as well as coordinating with academic leadership for scholastic achievement.  Prior to joining MSU, Ambrose served in leadership roles at the national and state levels of the Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling.   He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Marygrove College.

The Director of Undergraduate Admissions (DUA) provides leadership, direction, and resource stewardship to MSU's enrollment/admissions function with primary responsibility for operations and implementation. The DUA oversees and manages the Office of Admissions (OA), including high school relations, transfer recruitment and services, international student admissions, campus visit programs, and office operations. The DUA will also oversee OA’s operational support of application processing for graduate and professional programs, including the medical colleges and the College of Law. Major responsibilities include demonstrating a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development, design, and implementation of recruitment efforts to support the University’s goals for new undergraduate students. The DUA plays a key role in determining and implementing admissions policies and practices, taking account of the changing higher education landscape and demographics among potential undergraduate students and demonstrating an awareness of the nature of the students the University aims to attract and graduate—courageous, empowered, engaged, ethical, and self-aware students eager to develop their passions and purposes. 

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (msu.edu) has always been an innovator in research, teaching, and application of knowledge. In 1863, Michigan State was designated the beneficiary of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act endowment, becoming the pioneer land-grant college in the United States and serving as a prototype for future institutions. From these origins, Michigan State has evolved into a comprehensive, global, world-class university with a full spectrum of programs and attracting a diverse set of gifted professors, staff members, and students. The University has been an elected member of the Association of American Universities since 1964.  Michigan State enrolls approximately 51,000 students, including 11,300 graduate and professional College students, and it employs more than 11,600 faculty and staff members. The University offers more than 200 programs of study at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels. 

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