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  Paul Marthers named Reed’s dean of admission

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Paul Marthers, former director of admissions at Oberlin College, Ohio, is the college’s new dean of admission.

“I’m frankly thrilled,” said Peter Steinberger, Reed’s 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 College’s 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 president’s senior staff.

An alumnus of Oberlin College, Marthers began working in Oberlin’s 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 master’s degree in education from Boston University and pursued further study in journalism at the University of California–Berkeley.

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 America’s most intellectual small college.” End of Article


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