How Does a Chief Admissions and Recruiting Officer Benefit Students?

What does that title imply? It’s really a reflection of Owen’s push to take a more career-centric approach to finding and placing top business-school candidates, as well as giving them realistic perspectives to make informed degree decisions, then the resources, skills and contacts that will ultimately help them land their dream jobs. Vanderbilt doesn’t just blindly pursue candidates with the highest GPAs and GMAT scores and slot them into one of our programs; our admissions team strives to understand the goals of each person who comes through our doors, and then do what we can to support each one through the enrollment decision, onboarding, connect to alumni and far beyond graduation. That collaborative ethos has defined the school from its founding, and my job speaks directly to maintaining and strengthening Owen’s personal touch. For us, business is personal.

Many people know about our prestigious MBA and Executive MBA programs, but we offer a much broader portfolio that’s designed to meet the specific career needs of everyone from new college graduates to mid-career and senior professionals. Our specialty programs include the Master of Accountancy and MAcc Valuation track, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Marketing, Accelerator Summer Business Institute, and Master of Management in Healthcare. We also offer non-degree short courses that are open to the general public through the Executive Development Institute.

This blog as a way to help prospective (and current) students explore a variety of educational and career choices. Topics will focus on issues specific to Young Professionals (launching your career), early to mid-career MBAs (including career changes), executive students (lifelong learning), and general news in the education space.

Stay tuned. If you have a burning question, write to ask me! I look forward to making your business career my business.


  • Bob Layman

    January 3rd, 2012

    Congratulations, Tami and Owen, on the new position, increased emphasis on the quality of Owen programs, and even better communication with prospective students and sponsors. I look forward to hearing more!

  • Ankit Patil

    October 14th, 2012

    This is a good platform for prospective candidates to get insights. Great work! Keep it up.

  • Barbara Coward

    June 3rd, 2014

    Great blog post! I like your approach!

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