The New Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Southern Methodist University

Elena D. Hicks was named dean of undergraduate admissions at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has been serving as dean of admissions at Loyola University Maryland. Prior to her nine years at Loyola, Hicks was director of admissions at Saint Mary’s Hall, a college preparatory school in San Antonio.

Hicks began her career in the academic world at Texas Christian University. She worked there for 11 years rising to the rank of assistant dean of admissions and director of information systems. She is the former president of the National Catholic College Admission Association.

In accepting the position, Hicks stated, “I have a passion for education and strongly believe in SMU’s commitment to shape world changers. I feel confident that my myriad of experiences will help move the office of admission’s goals and strategies forward, while establishing collaborative partnerships and strengthening relationships with the overall community.”

Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and French and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.


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