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~Jennifer Desjarlais Is Named Wellesley College Dean of Admission~

For immediate release:
January 27, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College President Diana Chapman Walsh has announced the appointment of Jennifer Desjarlais as the College's new dean of admission.

“In September I asked the committee to help me find a proven leader with both a strategic and an operational understanding of all aspects of the admissions process, a person of grace and integrity who can represent Wellesley College very well, and someone with insight into the special challenges of recruiting a strong and diverse applicant pool for an all-women’s college,” Walsh said. “The committee brought me its unanimous recommendation that in Jennifer Desjarlais we have found the leader we sought and want.

“As director of admission, starting in July 2001, Jenn did a superb job overseeing the operations of the division. As its interim leader over the past six months, Jenn inspired the admiration and respect of trustees, faculty, members of the administration, and her own staff. She has clearly demonstrated her ability to take on this leadership role, within the college and in the wider educational community. Our search yielded plentiful evidence of the high regard in which Jenn is held by professional colleagues across the country.”

Desjarlais came to Wellesley in January 1999 as a senior associate director of admissions with 13 years of experience in admissions, as associate director of admission and coordinator of admission marketing at Smith College and, before that, as associate director of admission at Simmons College, among other positions. She is a 1985 Simmons graduate and earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont in 1990.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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