I am an admissions professional with extensive experience in marketing and communications, recruitment, operations, campus visits & programs, and overall customer service in higher education. This site is a place to view assorted projects and materials I’ve been involved in throughout my career.

216253_10150172203907841_6753185_nMy name is Blake Vawter.  My current position is Associate Director of Admissions, Marketing and Communications/Campus Visitor Center & Programs, Oregon State University.  My current responsibilities include:

Lead developer of the current electronic and collateral communications with prospective and admitted students; co-founder and author of OSU Admissions Blog; manage admissions home page and other related sites; manage Admissions office presence on different social media platforms; assisted in creating paperless office operation and efficiencies and customer service. Created an admissions magazine for admitted undergraduates called The Orange & Black; remain Editor-in-Chief.  Manage communications team; lead team of five staff and 15+ student staff and a GTA.   Manage budget of $200,000, 25+ publications annually.  Over the last ten years, responsible for domestic, international, graduate and undergraduate recruitment publications as well as collateral material, communications and Degree Partnership Programs.   Manage the Campus Visitor Center (CVC) and the seven annual on-campus visit programs, including 16 enrollment yield receptions, a weekend event for under-represented students and a high school counselor fly-in program; 20,000+ prospective students/family visitors annually; Manage two professional staff, 23 student staff and one graduate assistant in addition to being Associate Director of Marketing & Communications; institute and co-teach leadership class for student ambassadors.  Serve on numerous campus committees and initiatives, Oregon University System initiatives and committees on behalf of OSU.

Education:

M. Ed, College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University (2005)

B.A., Eastern Oregon University, Business Administration (1994)