Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. We have been very busy here in the Office of Undergraduate admission between our office planning retreat, summer conferences, and our search for a new leader. We’re very excited to share that the search is over, and Shawn Abbott will be joining us in September as our new Vice President of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission!


Shawn is currently the Vice Provost for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prior to Temple, Shawn served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions at New York University. His career also includes 6 years as the Director of Admission at Stanford, and years at Columbia University, Boston University, and Drexel University.


Shawn comes to us with a great reputation in the field. As Tulane’s Provost, Robin Forman said: “He has been enormously successful at each stage of his career and is well-known for his smart, strategic, collaborative approach to enrollment management. And throughout our selection process, Shawn showed a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Tulane and impressed everyone who met with him. I am very much looking forward to starting our work together”.


In his own words, Shawn says:

“I could not be more excited to come to Tulane. It’s always hard to leave a university and a city you love, but the allure of Tulane and New Orleans is too strong.” Abbott said. “My goal is to continue to attract the most academically qualified students to Tulane while also helping move the needle when it comes to ethnic, socio-economic and international diversity on campus, as there is nothing more thrilling to me than improving access to universities that haven’t always been the most obvious destination for underrepresented students.”


We are very excited to welcome Shawn to Tulane!