COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Alumna and veteran admissions professional Iika McCarter has been named director of the Office of Admissions at Mississippi University for Women.

“Ms. McCarter has been a leader across campus throughout her tenure at The W. These experiences, her vision and her strong belief in our institution make her the ideal candidate to lead our admissions efforts. I am truly excited to see the ways that she and her team are going to innovate and identify new students to join the Long Blue Line,” said Dr. Scott Tollison, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

McCarter has served as assistant director since October 2006. In addition to assisting with the recruitment/application process, she was responsible for scheduling campus tours, coordinating recruitment receptions and supervising the office support staff.

“I have served the campus for 25 years but to be able to serve in this capacity is full circle for me. I began my professional career in this office and I am elated to continue to ride this wave. The W has been near and dear to my heart since 1991 and seeing this place thrive and continue to be successful is what I care about,” said McCarter.

McCarter plans to continue building a robust recruitment team where everyone plays a vital role connecting to students. Fostering relationships with the campus community will be another top priority for the Office of Admissions.

“I believe that we are in a unique place that will allow us as a university to take a look at how we are doing as a whole. I’m excited that we get to somewhat reinvent ourselves and try new modes of operation that I feel will benefit us and our students in times like these,” said McCarter.

Outside of her roles in the Office of Admissions, the Crawford resident has served as the director of diversity education and programs and participated in numerous search committees. As director, McCarter will serve the university on Directors Council, Academic Council, Administrative Council and the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council.

“I want to get everyone involved in recruitment from all academic programs to our alums. This campus community is strong and none of us are capable of standing alone so it takes all of us to recruit and retain students to our campus.”

McCarter, who earned a business administration degree from The W in 1995, is a member of the Mississippi Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

July 14, 2020
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