Aaron Meis was named the new Director of Admission at Xavier University, effective May 29. He replaces Marc Camille, who left Xavier in 2006 to become the first Vice President of Enrollment Management at Loyola College in Maryland.
Before coming to Xavier, Meis was Director of Admissions at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. The liberal arts women’s college has a student body of approximately 2,000 students. He had been with Converse since 2005. His career has been spent mostly with Jesuit institutions. He began with Loyola University in Chicago right out of school, spending about ten years there. Meis served as Interim Director of Admission for Loyola for two years before serving as Associate Director for Freshman Recruitment from 1993-2005.
Meis earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Loyola University of Chicago. His wife was in admissions at Jesuit-run Creighton University in Omaha and admission director at St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in Chicago.
“I wanted to get back to a Jesuit institution,” Meis said. “I wanted to work at an urban Jesuit comprehensive institution and offer young students the same I had been given - academic rigor and being a person for others.” Having worked for Loyola, Meis is very aware of Xavier and its status. “At Loyola, we competed with Marquette, St. Louis University and Xavier for students, so I know a lot about it.”
Meis is an avid reader who enjoys time with his family and working on home projects. He loves how Cincinnati has many of the cultural attractions found in a city like Chicago but without all the big-city hassles. He looks forward to settling in Wyoming with his wife, Cynthia, his twin 7-year-old daughters, Caroline and Anna Cate, and a newborn son, John.
Meis will join a staff already hard at work. Marianne Borgmann, who has been serving as Interim Dean of Admission, has been promoted to Director for Recruitment Communications. It is essential for Xavier to recognize the importance of the impact internal and external communications have on student recruitment. This position will extend beyond undergraduate admission and will include analysis of data to drive communications. Borgmann will continue with some recruiting responsibilities and, until Meis is on site, she will continue to lead fall 2008 recruitment efforts.
Lauren Cobble has been promoted to Assistant Director, with an increased role in the communication flow and with Recruitment Plus.