Paul Marthers, former director of admissions at Oberlin
College, Ohio, is the colleges new dean of admission.
Im frankly thrilled, said Peter Steinberger, Reeds
acting president. Paul is extremely smart, has a very profound knowledge
of the admissions world, and is bristling with ideas. I believe that we
have made an appointment of considerable distinction.
As dean Marthers oversees Reed Colleges admission office, which
has a staff of fourteen. He is responsible for planning and directing
all student recruitment efforts nationally and internationally. Marthers
serves on the college presidents senior staff.
An alumnus of Oberlin College, Marthers began working in Oberlins
admission office in 1998; his strategies there increased applications,
the yield rate, and enrollment of students of color and international
students. Before coming to Oberlin he served as college counselor at Phillips
Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; as senior assistant director of admission
at Boston College; and assistant director of admission at both Vassar
and Bennington Colleges. He also worked in several positions in alumni
affairs and development at Duke University. Marthers holds a masters
degree in education from Boston University and pursued further study in
journalism at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley.
Marthers has published numerous articles in professional journals and
presented papers at professional conferences on admission theory and practice,
including such subjects as athletics and admission, ethical issues in
admission counseling, counseling across cultural and color lines, and
the role of alumni in the admission process.
Reed has always seemed to me as close as one can get to the ideal
small college, a place where learning is elevated above all else, a place
where the intellect is prized, said Marthers. So I am excited
to have the chance to recruit and admit students to what is arguably Americas
most intellectual small college.