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Undergraduate Admissions Appointments
July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1

Eric J. Furda, Penn’s incoming Dean of Admissions, is pleased to announce two senior appointments to the Office of Admissions.  


Quenby Jackson Mott has been appointed as Vice Dean and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, effective July 1, 2008. Ms. Mott will report directly to the Dean, as the lead manager guiding recruitment, outreach, and selection strategies for Penn’s four undergraduate schools.

Ms. Mott is a former associate dean (2002-2005) and regional director (1996-2002) of admissions at Penn. As associate dean, she managed a team of admissions officers, including the Office of Multicultural Recruitment; served as the primary liaison to the School of Nursing, Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics; and guided admissions decisions on approximately 3,500 applicants per year.

She also brings critical management and counseling experience from her background in the banking industry and as a director of educational counseling at College Coach.

Ms. Mott, a 1989 graduate of Gettysburg College, is committed to attracting the most highly qualified and deserving students to Penn, a key strategic priority for both President Gutmann and Provost Daniels.




David M. Phillips has been appointed as the Vice Dean of Admissions and Director of Information and Management Systems, effective August 2008. This position reflects the importance of data management and analysis for admissions and as an institutional priority for Penn.

Mr. Phillips is an associate dean of Enrollment Management Services for the Division of Student Affairs at Columbia University, which includes Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid. He manages a team of professionals responsible for database systems with over 120 users, building custom databases and reporting tools, data models, and reports.   

In his 19-year tenure at Columbia, Mr. Phillips implemented the first digital imaging system used by the Ivy League in admissions, financial aid, and advising; converted processes such as student deposit collection from paper to e-commerce; developed custom reporting tools that reduced delivery time on daily reporting requests to less than 48 hours (from 5-7 days); automated data import and export processes from/to outside sources (e.g. the College Board); and designed financial models and statistical reports for the Dean’s senior staff.

 Mr. Phillips is a 1987 graduate of Bard College, where he played for the varsity basketball and tennis teams and assisted in coaching the women’s tennis team.


Almanac - July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1