Vol. 12 No. 4 - November, 2009

A time of transition in GSBS admissions

 After eight years of outstanding service to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Michael Cole resigned this past summer as senior director of admissions to assume the admissions leadership position at Westfield State College. When Michael joined the GSBS as director of graduate admissions in 2001, his charge was to expand and deepen the pool of applicants to the GSBS.

During the next eight years, 4,078 applicants sought admission to the GSBS and 580 applicants were matriculated; the corresponding numbers for the previous eight years were 2,448 applicants and 360 matriculants. The numbers alone are sufficient to validate Michael’s strategic approach to student recruitment, but the numbers are only a part of the story.

Michael is a talented and genuinely considerate person who became a friend to every student we recruited. With his eidetic memory, Michael was able to recall every detail of a prospective student’s application, academic accomplishments and research interests. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of U.S. colleges and universities and their academic and athletic reputations. As a result, visiting applicants were always immediately put at ease. By the time new GSBS students matriculated, Michael was the person they knew best and the person they turned to for general advice throughout their graduate career.

The GSBS is in the process of recruiting for the newly created position of Associate Dean for GSBS Admissions,

who will work in concert with the GSBS committee to implement a 10-year plan to enhance the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body.

“Michael is an outstanding admissions director who gave us eight years of first-class, professional service. Speaking for the GSBS faculty, staff and students, Michael is dear friend and trusted colleague who will always be welcome at our school,” said GSBS Dean Anthony Carruthers.

The GSBS is in the process of recruiting for the newly created position of Associate Dean for GSBS Admissions, who will work in concert with the GSBS committee to implement a 10-year plan to enhance the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body. The plan will transform student recruitment and retention in the GSBS. On an interim basis, Kendall L. Knight, PhD, GSBS associate dean and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology and Dean Carruthers are overseeing the day-to-day recruitment and admission activities.