June 17, 2013
Contact: Amber Roberts '14, Communications Assistant
Cynthia J. “Cyndi” Sweet has been named director of admissions at Maryville College.
Sweet, who most recently was the associate director of admissions at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, joined the Maryville College admissions staff on June 11. Her office is located in Fayerweather Hall.
As the director of admissions, Sweet’s responsibilities are focused on supervising the efforts of the admissions staff to recruit prospective freshmen and transfer students. Sweet also will work with the College’s marketing and communications staff members to oversee the development of the College’s printed and electronic recruitment messages, as well as plan recruiting events such as the “Meet Maryville” open houses.
Sweet earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., and is currently obtaining a master’s degree in communication information from UT-K, which she is projected to obtain in 2015.
Sweet comes to MC with a great deal of experience working in undergraduate admissions. Before her time at UT-K, she served as an admissions counselor at Carson-Newman. At UT, she began her employment as an admissions counselor before receiving a steady series of promotions that led to her position as associate director of admissions.
“She has an excellent track record of advancement in admissions,” said Dr. Dolphus Henry, vice president for enrollment at Maryville College. “The depth of her responses to our questions during the interview process indicated that she was both knowledgeable and experienced in college recruitment and enrollment initiatives.”
Henry noted that Sweet’s background in admissions at Carson-Newman has prepared her for the broad range of responsibilities that she will encounter at MC, while her experiences at a larger institution will bring valuable insight to the admissions team.
“We are pleased to have her leadership and anticipate that she will take Maryville College to the next level in terms of recruiting,” Henry said. “She brings to us knowledge about what has worked well at other institutions, even larger institutions like the University of Tennessee.”
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.