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New director of admissions looks to build student-faculty relationships
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s new director of admissions, Ken Wuerzberger, hopes to build student-faculty relationships at the college, starting with the application process.
Wuerzberger, who enjoys mentoring and teaching his staff in this position and in previous experiences, including serving in the United States Armed Forces, hopes to identify students’ interests early during the admissions process, matching them up with BPC’s accomplished and invested faculty for a better college experience through one-on-one mentoring opportunities.
“I would like to help bridge the engagement process, encouraging students to build relationships with faculty,” said Wuerzberger who is completing his first full month on the Mount Vernon campus. “Our faculty is very involved with students, and I would like our office to help this process from the first time they step onto campus in the admissions process.
“It’s also about modernizing the recruitment process as well,” he added, referring to advancements in social communication in media and the Internet in college recruitment.
He believes continued planning of admissions events, such as Open Houses and Discovery Days, will help to enhance this “engagement process.”
“Ken brings a tremendous knowledge of the science behind building enrollment,” said Dr. Cindy Skaruppa, vice president for enrollment services. “He is also well-versed in relationship management with prospective students and families. His leadership style is transformational as he believes in ensuring that his staff is well-trained for their positions. He is adept with monitoring data and using this information to drive behaviors of the staff.”
Wuerzberger served four-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army as an enlisted infantryman before being medically retired. He sustained career-ending injuries in a training accident. He has held positions in financial aid and admissions at Our Lady of the Lake University before moving to Mount Vernon with his family: wife, Janie, and their three children, ranging in age from 16 to 7. His oldest daughter remains in San Antonio with her husband. He and his family have truly enjoyed the transition from big city life to the Toombs-Montgomery area.
“It’s been a perfect experience for me,” said Wuerzberger. “My family loves it here. For my wife, it’s like coming home. She’s from a smaller town (in Texas) as well.”
Wuerzberger holds political science and history degrees from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and has also worked in the political arena as a consultant.