The University of Texas-Pan American has announced the appointment of Dr. Magdalena Hinojosa Williams as the new dean of Admissions and Enrollment Services at the University. Williams, who will start on July 18, most recently served as the registrar and director of admissions at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
"We are excited about Dr. Williams joining the Enrollment and Student Services Division as we move forward in the area of enrollment management at UTPA," said Dr. John Edwards, vice president of Enrollment and Student Services. Edwards said the position is a new one in his division that will oversee both the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, established fall 2004, and the Office of New Student and Visitor Services.
"Williams has extensive experience in several areas of enrollment management, including financial aid, admissions and registration. In addition, she brings corporate experience, having served as a functional consultant for SCT, the major student service software company used by many Texas institutions, including UTPA," Edwards said.
At SunGard SCT (Systems and Computer Technology Corporation), a global provider of software and services for educational institutions, Williams served not only as a functional consultant but also as an account manager, handling the accounts of 24 higher education institutions. As registrar and director of admissions at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Williams oversaw the 18-month implementation of SCT's Banner software application for new student information, a system UTPA soon plans to implement as well. Williams has also held positions as scholarship coordinator and assistant director of financial aid at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Williams said one of her main goals will be to decrease the processing time of admissions and reviewing UTPA's admissions criteria.
"We really need to pay attention to - are we really benefiting our students? That's the important thing. Our goal should always be to make sure we are servicing our students and making them successful," she said.
Based on her experience, Williams said Banner, an integrated suite of software applications for advancement, human resources, financial aid, finance and other areas as well as its use at UTPA for new student information and services, will have a big impact on internal processing.
"It is going to help with timeliness and reporting," she said, noting it also allows for quick and easy processing of necessary code changes within the current Banner trained staff without the frequent requirement of a technical expert to make the change.
Edwards said he thinks having both the recruiting office and the admissions office reporting to Williams will create good synergy between the two offices.
"I hope I can foster more of a sense of teamwork between admissions and the new student area where everybody is working toward the same goal - to get the student in the door with the least possible amount of hurdles," Williams said.
Noting the positive comments from colleagues around the state about UTPA and its nearness to the area where she grew up, Williams said she sees the position as a great opportunity.
"I personally have been involved in a lot of organizations - the same organizations that UTPA is involved in and I have always been impressed with the direction the school is going in and its organization and administration. I am really excited to be here and can't wait to start."