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Duffney comes to Elon from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, where she has served as director of admissions and enrollment management.

Allie Duffney, a creative and solution-oriented enrollment professional, has been selected as Elon University’s new Dean of Graduate Admissions. Duffney brings to Elon extensive experience working with graduate student audiences from a variety of disciplines and joins the university with an eye on growth. Duffney starts at Elon on August 1.

Duffney comes to Elon after six years at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, where for the past three years she has served as director of admissions and enrollment management. In that role, she has significantly increased student applications and enrollment while leading her team through the pandemic.

“Allie has a history of growth and innovation when it comes to attracting the best student applicants who will be of great benefit to Elon as we look to advance our graduate programs,” said Greg Zaiser, Vice President of Enrollment. “She has proven to be a curious and inspired leader as she focuses on ways to support and develop the team around her.”

Over the past 14 years in enrollment management, Duffney has held roles of progressively greater responsibility. After two years as an admissions counselor at Wells College in Aurora, New York, Duffney joined Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 2010 as deputy director of admissions, rising to the position of associate director of admissions before her departure to Rochester in 2016.

At the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Duffney led a transformation of its enrollment management process that included a shift from a predominantly paper-based application process to full utilization of an application and inquiry management database. online. Her first major initiative as principal was the implementation and development of a comprehensive customer relationship management (CRM) system that changed the entire business enterprise of the school and significantly improved the experience for prospective students. In the four years since that implementation, applications and enrollment have grown more than 40 percent.

“I am grateful for the strength of the community and mentorship I have experienced throughout my career, which has facilitated my growth and experience in admissions and enrollment management leadership, and led me to this role at Elon,” Duffney said. “The opportunity to join the dynamic and engaging Phoenix community in this impactful leadership role fills me with pride and excitement. Elon is a recognized leader not only in educational excellence but also in innovation. I look forward to growing in this environment, while leading and contributing significantly to the thoughtful and holistic graduate admissions strategy at Elon.”

As an enrollment professional, Duffney values ​​strong team dynamics, efficiency, transparency, and innovation. She can see both the interconnected nature of data systems and the student experience at all stages of the enrollment lifecycle.

As dean, Duffney will lead the Office of Graduate Admissions and be responsible for improving enrollment for all graduate programs on campus. He will develop and manage comprehensive marketing, promotion and recruitment plans and coordinate a strategic flow of communications with prospective students. In his role, he will analyze market trends, key drivers and competitors in the graduate program markets and evaluate the effectiveness of Elon’s recruitment and enrollment efforts.

Duffney has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Wells College and a master’s degree in education in educational media from Wilkes University.

Members of the Dean of Graduate Admissions Search Committee:

  • Haya Ajjan, Associate Dean of the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business, Associate Professor MIS, Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship (co-chair)
  • Phillip Motley, Associate Professor of Communication Design (co-chair)
  • Brandon Booker, Professor of Film and Television Arts
  • Brooke Buffington, Director of the Student Professional Development Center
  • Rozana Carducci, Associate Professor of Education and Postgraduate Director of the Master of Higher Education
  • Paula DiBiasio, associate professor of physical therapy education
  • John Gardner, Senior Director of Development
  • Alyssa Martina, director of the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and speaker
  • Alexis Moore, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Joan Ruelle, Dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Associate Professor
  • Jennifer Strange, Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Teacher Training Admissions and Digital Communications
  • James Thurnes, Director of Transfer and Special Admissions

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