Undergraduate Admissions Leadership News

July 17, 2015

Undergraduate Admissions welcomes new leadership team members and announced promotions.

New Hires

Patrick Quinn, assistant vice president for Admissions and Jeremy Manus, associate director for Admissions Operations officially joined the Wheelock community July 1st.

As Assistant Vice President, Patrick will serve as the Chief Admissions Officer providing leadership and strategic direction in the College's efforts in achieving our enrollment goals for both undergraduate and graduate admissions. Jeremy will lead all aspects of operations for the Office of Admissions by creating pathways to improve and streamline operations and spearheading opportunities to elevate the efficiency of the use of technology, student information systems, our customer relationship management (CRM) system, communication strategies and other admissions operations.

Patrick brings over thirty years of experience in the admissions and enrollment management profession. He has served as a senior admissions officer at both private and public institutions throughout the Northeast. His most recent assignments have included; Pratt Institute's Utica, NY campus (1 year), Utica College (12 years), University of New Haven (2 years), Western Connecticut State University (5 years) and Adelphi University (4 years). He has overseen both undergraduate and graduate admissions, as well as Financial Aid and Scholarship/Merit Programs.

Patrick holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Political Science and lettered in track and cross country, and, an M.S. in School Counseling from St. John's University (NY). He is an active member of his community as a youth sports coach and religious education teacher.

Jeremy comes to Wheelock from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. where for the past 8 years he worked to improve the relationship between pre-med students and AAMC services; including the AMCAS application and the MCAT exam. Jeremy's focus on the student experience resulted in UX enhancements to multiple online applications, new methods and increased frequency of electronic communication, and the continual improvement of internal policies and procedures. His time within the MCAT program was particularly notable as he collaborated with other team leaders to manage the many logistical issues associated with transitioning to a new version of the MCAT exam, something which had not occurred since 1991.

Jeremy holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University, where he majored in Radio and Television Production, and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University.

Leadership Changes

Calvin Conyers was promoted to Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions effective July 15th. Previously, he served as the Associate Director. Calvin stepped in as Interim Director for Undergraduate Admissions this spring semester while we commenced a search that led to the hiring of our new Assistant Vice President for Admissions. During his time as Interim Director, Calvin oversaw the daily operations for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions including, but not limited to, recruitment and communication strategies, admissions operations, events and staff supervision. In less than a year of being at Wheelock, Calvin has helped to fortify first-year and transfer student admissions recruitment strategies and build many collaborative partnerships across the campus. His leadership has helped the College sustain its undergraduate enrollments while similar campuses are witnessing declines in new students.

Kara Widdison will assume the role of Assistant Director for Admissions as of August 1st and will provide leadership on our social media strategy, the campus guest experience and Student Ambassador Program for prospective undergraduate and graduate students and their families. Kara first came to Wheelock as a transfer student in 2009, quickly joining the community as a student-athlete on the field hockey team. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in Human Development with a focus in Psychology, a minor in Visual Art and a Certificate in Community-Based Human Services and completes her Master's in Communication from Lasell College next month.


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