Michael McKeon Named Dean of Admissions for Saint Mary's College

Dean of Admissions Michael McKeon MORAGA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) - Michael McKeon has been appointed Dean of Admissions for Saint Mary's College of California. His appointment will begin March 1, 2010.

McKeon has more than 30 years of experience in college admissions at public and private institutions. He was most recently dean of admissions at Seattle University, where he served for the past 14 years. During his tenure at Seattle University, McKeon was recognized for his use of holistic marketing and selection principles to target high achieving students from economically, ethnically and geographically diverse backgrounds.

McKeon has a stellar reputation in the field of college admissions and was selected after a highly competitive national search.

"The search committee found McKeon to be a highly competent, successful and principled leader in admissions. His interactions and presentations to faculty, staff and students during his visit to the Saint Mary's campus confirmed his appreciation for and resonance with the College's mission and values," said Michael Beseda, Vice President for College Communications and Vice Provost for Enrollment.

McKeon's admissions background includes notable appointments as Transfer Admissions Counselor at Adelphi University, Assistant, Associate and Director of Admissions at Alfred University and Director of Admissions at State University of New York at Cortland.

McKeon is professionally active within the college admissions community. He has served on the executive board of the New York Association of College Admission Counselors (NYACAC) and as president of Pacific Northwest College Admission Counselors (PNCAC). He is also a member of the National Merit Scholarship Selection Committee and chair of the College Board Western Regional Assembly.

McKeon earned a Master of Arts degree in history in the joint graduate program at Adlephi University and Hofstra University. And he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the State College of New York, Oneonta.


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