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Christopher S. Connor

With over 18 years of comprehensive experience in higher education and enrollment management, Chris serves in a dual capacity as both the Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management Services and was selected to temporarily serve as the Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In his graduate role, Chris works closely with our academic units by providing leadership and coordination in the graduate and professional school recruitment, admissions and enrollment process to assist the university in achieving its enrollment goals.

During his current tenure, the university has consistently experienced record high new and overall graduate and professional student enrollment. His graduate level operations, Graduate Enrollment Management Services, works at the nexus of the relationship between the recruitment/enrollment coordinators in each School and with other offices (i.e. Graduate School, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Affairs, etc.) that support those activities in the Schools.  Specifically, he assists departments with building creative yet cost effective recruitment strategies and infrastructures that enables them to achieve graduate enrollment growth aspirations by leveraging and training their staff in achieving not just enrollment targets, but in raising the profile and diversity of entering graduate student cohorts. 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 145 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 National Association for Graduate Enrollment Management (NAGAP) Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Research and Global Issues Committee where he leads 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. His specific research interest include: graduate education advocacy; collaboration with various student lifecycle professional organizations such as the American Association of Collegiate Registrars (AACRAO), Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), European Association for International Education (EAIE), and National Association for Student Affairs in Higher Education (NASPA); improvement in the strategic positioning and visibility of the graduate enterprise on college and university campuses as well as efforts to improve the overall student experience/services for graduate students in areas that lack a well-defined and resourced Graduate Enrollment Management infrastructure.

Also, Mr. Connor currently serves as President of the UB Child Care Center Board of Directors.

Recently, he was awarded the 2014 NAGAP Building Bridges Award and the operations under his direction, the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management Services were awarded the 2014 NAGAP Promotion of Excellence Award and received a commendation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions of Higher Education (MSCHE).