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Christopher S. Connor

With over 16 years of comprehensive experience in higher education and enrollment management, Chris is currently the Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management Services at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). His core responsibility is to provide leadership and coordination in graduate and professional school recruitment, admissions and the new student enrollment process to assist the university in achieving its enrollment goals. Through Chris’ efforts the university has been able to successfully coordinate and consolidate graduate and professional admissions into a single uniform process and system. Moreover, he was responsible for transforming the University to a 100% paperless graduate and professional admissions process and establishing policies and procedures to assist the university in monitoring the overall quality of accepted applicants in a highly decentralized environment ensuring institutional standards are upheld.

Most previous to his current assignments, Mr. Connor served as the Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement of Graduate Programs (2000-2003) in the Department of Economics at UB where he implemented a fast track graduate student recruitment plan and encouraged new collaborative program development, that quadrupled the applicant pool and increased masters level enrollment from 48 students to over 150 students while increasing overall student quality in just 3 years. In 2009, he was selected by the UB CIO to serve as the overall Functional Project Lead for the campus wide UB 2020 Student Services Transformation PeopleSoft Campus Solutions implementation.

Born in New York, Mr. Connor received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from UB. He has presented at numerous state, regional and national conferences. Also, he has served and on many institutional as well as several national professional committees.

Mr. Connor was recently appointed to the NAGAP: The Leader in Graduate Enrollment Management Association’s Research and Global Issues Committee where he assists in the design and implementation of research projects in a continuing effort to provide relevant comparative data on both professionally related activities and national issues that affect graduate school policies, requirements and organizational structures.

Mr. Connor currently serves as Vice President of the UB Child Care Center Board of Directors where he Chairs both the Personnel and Enrollment Committees.

Recently, his authored submission "GrAdMIT: The Evolution of Graduate and Professional Admissions" was awarded the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS)/Educational Testing Service (ETS) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education.