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Antioch College adds to admissions team

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – December 7, 2011 – Antioch College added two key positions in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.



Kristen L. Pett ’90 has been hired as the associate dean and New England regional director of admission while Margaret Rusnak ’95 joins the team as coordinator for campus visits and office operations. Both positions report to Cezar O. Mesquita, dean of admission and financial aid.

Pett will manage and carry out recruitment activities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. She will also work with the Office of Alumni Relations to mobilize alumni to support the college’s recruitment efforts.

Pett comes to her position with extensive experience in college counseling and admissions. She was an Antioch College admissions counselor from 1996-1999 and an assistant director of admissions and financial aid for a three year period beginning in 1999. In 2001, she was asked to serve as an associate director of college counseling at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles. Pett served on the Antioch College alumni board of directors from 2004 – 2010 and in July 2010, she returned to Antioch College as a special assistant to the president, consulting on matters of recruitment and enrollment.

Pett earned a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts at Antioch College; completed the intensive Summer Institute on College Admissions at Harvard University; and completed her master’s work in education at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Rusnak will arrange interviews, campus tours, class visits, and overnight visits for prospective students. She will be responsible for all operational procedures involved in the generation and mailing of printed communications with prospective students; including personalized and general letters, postcards, brochures, and other mailings.

Since 2006, Rusnak has been a member of the Ernst & Young Learning Delivery Team, where she coordinated the firm’s continuing education program in the southeastern U.S. and in the Caribbean. She’s also been an administrative coordinator at Harvard University (2003-2004), a success program coordinator at Utah State University (2001-2002), and an admissions and financial aid counselor at Antioch College (1999-2001).

Rusnak earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Antioch College.

About Antioch College
Antioch College is a private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College curriculum puts equal emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one or more of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences off campus. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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