The following email was sent to Barnard faculty and staff on January 16, 2018:
Dear Barnard Faculty and Staff,
I am very pleased to announce that Jennifer Fondiller ’88, who currently serves as Dean of Enrollment Management, will be appointed Vice President for Enrollment, effective immediately. In her new role, Jennifer will report directly to me and work in tandem with Provost Linda Bell, Dean of the College Avis Hinkson, and other senior leaders to ensure that we continue to communicate the College’s academic strengths and our unique place in higher education to a broad audience.
Under Jennifer’s 18 years of admissions leadership, Barnard has become one of the most selective colleges or universities in the country, with an admissions rate of just 15 percent. Jennifer and her staff have helped to support an 80 percent increase in applications over the past decade – which includes our most recent record-breaking application pool of nearly 8,000 applicants for the class of 2022. At the same time, Barnard Admissions has helped broaden the racial and ethnic diversity of our student body. The 603 students in the Class of 2021 come from 43 states, over 10 percent are international students, and almost half identify as women of color.
Jennifer has spearheaded several initiatives that have contributed to these impressive results. She has expanded multicultural recruitment through Barnard Bound, a program that brings low-income students of color to campus who could not otherwise afford to visit. And she has developed innovative outreach and enrollment programs targeting students whose interests lie in the math and science fields, such as the Saturday Science Seminar program (https://barnard.edu/precollege/saturday-science-seminars) and Science Pathways Scholars program (https://barnard.edu/science-pathways-scholars-program).
Jennifer has also shown tremendous leadership in maintaining a strong financial aid program that sustains Barnard’s economic diversity by furthering our commitment to need-blind admissions and ensuring that we meet the full need of our students. As a result, our students are leaving Barnard with less debt than ever before. Our average debt at graduation now hovers around $17,000. This number is substantially below the norm for private colleges, and we are working hard to reduce it further through generous philanthropy.
I am very much looking forward to working with Jennifer and her team in this new capacity. Please join me in congratulating Jennifer on this well-deserved promotion.
Sian Leah Beilock