Admissions dean has

Posted March 2, 2007
Seanette Garcia
After an extensive search, Chris Krzak was hired as the dean of undergraduate admissions. Previously the director of enrollment management for six years at the California State Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Krzak was also employed for 14 years at the University of San Francisco.

The University of La Verne has a new dean of admissions.
With Chris Krzak’s arrival, the admissions department has a leader with a new vision.
Krzak said he hopes to improve the profile of the incoming students.

Krzak brings with him 20 years of experience.
He previously was the director of enrollment management for six years at the California State Maritime Academy in Vallejo, and he spent 14 years at the University of San Francisco.

“We were looking for an experienced admissions person,” said Homa Shabahang, vice president of enrollment management and professor of economics here.

The search for a new dean of admissions started last April.

The university worked closely with executive search consultant Elaine Turner.

The nationwide search had approximately 16 candidates.
Krzak and two others were interviewed in the fall and Krzak was hired ed on Dec. 11.

While touring the University, Krzak made a point of talking to students, professors and coaches, Shabahang said.

“I was looking for a new university, specifically private because it is a comprehensive university, more flexibility, and private universities take better care of their students,” Krzak said.

Krzak hopes to increase enrollment at the University, which is something he accomplished at both of his previous schools.

Krzak’s job as dean of admissions involves running the office of admissions and managing the recruitment and admissions process for traditional, adult, masters and doctoral degree students on both the main and regional campuses.

Krzak is also involved with the College Board and National Association for College Admissions Officers.

“I am very pleased to have Chris join us,” said Steve Lesniak, dean of Regional Campus Administration.

“He brings with him a lot of experience both in private and public schools that could be very helpful for our University.”

Krzak and Lesniak are both on the Senior Management for Enrollment committee and work closely together.

Krzak is already trying to make changes to the University Web site so it is easier for potential students to get information, Lesniak said.

“We made a wonderful choice because of his outstanding qualifications, wealth of experience and personality,” said Carrie Lewis, assistant dean for advising and retention. “Chris will bring so much to the University because of his skills in enrollment and enrollment management,” Lewis added.

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