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Teresa E. Cowdrey, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., has been named vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby College, President William D. Adams announced Dec. 14.

Cowdrey will provide leadership in enrollment planning, student recruitment, admission, and financial aid at Colby. She will oversee a staff of 23 and will serve on the College’s senior staff when she joins Colby’s administration following the 2010-11 academic year.

Under Cowdrey’s leadership, St. Lawrence’s admissions and financial aid effort has seen improvement in inquiry and application numbers, admissions rate, yield, early decision, class rank, diversity, and standardized test scores. Having begun her career in admissions just after earning her B.A. from Wesleyan University, Cowdrey brings almost three decades of experience in the field.

Cowdrey began her career in admissions as an assistant director at the University of New Hampshire and has been an admissions officer at Pomona College, assistant and associate dean at Wesleyan, and acting dean at Vanderbilt University. She has led admissions efforts at St. Lawrence since 1997. Cowdrey holds a master’s in public and private management from Yale. She served as a member of the Common Application board of directors and of the New York State and National College Admission Counseling groups.

“Throughout her career, Terry has demonstrated not only a commitment to the core values of liberal arts education but the vision to lead admissions programs to their highest levels of achievement,” said Adams. “I know Colby will benefit enormously from her experience and from that vision.”

“Although the core of selective college admissions work has not changed over the years,” said Cowdrey, “the delivery of our work—the ways we identify prospective students, the ways we communicate with students, parents and counselors, the integration of technology in our work—requires staying in step with high school students in order to have the opportunity to educate them about the value of residential liberal arts education. I am enthusiastic about, and energized by, the Colby community, and I look forward to building on the long tradition of success there.”

Colby College, founded in 1813, is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Colby provides a rigorous academic program that fosters transformational relationships between students and faculty. Graduates emerge as committed leaders ready to make an impact on their world. The college enrolls 1,850 students.