Claremont, Calif. (December 4, 2014)—Pitzer College has named Jamila Everett the interim vice president for admission and financial aid. She will take her post in January 2015.
With more than 15 years of experience in higher education, Everett is highly respected by admission professionals and high school counselors across the US.
She joined Pitzer College in 2012 as the director of admission. She has overseen the day-to-day operations of the office, including the application file review, and recruitment, outreach and travel strategies. She has played a key role in the transformation of the admission office and its application process, transitioning from the traditional paper-based approach by championing technology initiatives and overseeing the complex implementation of the new common application. She has brought a fresh eye to outreach initiatives and the redesign of admissions materials and messaging.
Everett has worked on Pitzer’s Pathways Initiative and is committed to seeking continued partnerships with community-based organizations to ensure low-income, first-generation students have access to higher education. She has been instrumental in helping Pitzer attract more women and students of color to study STEM disciplines at the College. Her PhD dissertation, “Recruiting Women To Engineering Programs: College Admission Leaders’ Perceptions of Promising Practices and Strategies,” has served as a model for best practices for Pitzer’s admissions process.
Since 2012, Pitzer has received the highest number of applications in its history, the highest yield and the lowest admit rate, placing the College among America’s 20 most selective institutions.
Prior to Pitzer, Everett served in the admission offices of California Institute of Technology and University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her BA and MA from the University of Southern California and her doctorate from UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program. Recently, Everett participated in the American Council on Education Women’s Higher Education Leadership Institute. She currently serves on the board of Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, CA.
She succeeds Angel Perez, who has accepted the position of vice president of enrollment and student success at Trinity College in Connecticut.