WMU News

Fraire named admissions dean

June 3, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- John Fraire has been selected as the new dean of admissions at Western Michigan University.

He has been director of admissions at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York since 1993. His appointment, effective June 9, is subject to approval by the WMU Board of Trustees.

"Because the admissions office is the first point of contact for many of our prospective students, this is an important appointment," said Dr. Timothy Light, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We are delighted to have a person of Mr. Fraire's caliber stepping into this key role."

At Brooklyn College, Fraire (pronounced FRY-day) is credited with transforming the admissions program into an active and aggressive recruitment operation that has been highly successful in meeting its numerical goals. He also has helped the college further develop its ethnic diversity.

Fraire, a native of Gary, Ind., said part of his interest in the WMU position stemmed from a desire to move back to the Midwest. He was familiar with the University because his brother is a WMU graduate.

"A dean of admissions job at a good academic university like Western opens up only every couple years in the Midwest and I didn't want to miss this opportunity," he said. "I have a lifelong commitment to helping all people get into college and for a long time have looked for an appropriate academic school in the Midwest for which to lead its admissions office. Western is ideal for me."

Fraire's previous admissions experience includes two years as director of undergraduate admissions at Pace University in New York City and six years as a senior admissions officer at Harvard University. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard and is pursuing a doctoral degree at the City University of New York.

Fraire also has worked as an assistant to the president at Harold Washington College of the City Colleges of Chicago, as an account executive at Vision Communications Inc. in New York City and as a senior research associate for the Rainbow Lobby Inc., a citizens-based organization in New York City that focuses on issues of democracy such as presidential debates, ballot access laws and campaign financing.

He will replace Stanley E. Henderson, who resigned in January 1996 to become associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Carol L. Stamm, associate vice president for academic affairs, has been serving as acting admissions director.

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