Douglas Zander has been named director of admissions at the University of Delaware, effective June 1, Chris Lucier, vice president for enrollment management, announced today.

Zander, a member of UD's admissions team since 2013, has been serving as interim director of admissions since the departure of José Aviles, who became associate vice provost and director of admissions at the University of Buffalo on May 1.

"Doug Zander is exceptionally well qualified to lead our admissions efforts," Lucier said. "He has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities currently affecting all of American higher education, as well as a proven track record of helping Delaware shine. While at UD, he has played an integral role in the recruitment of some of the University's largest, most diverse and best-qualified classes, and he will play an even bigger role shaping our enrollment to reflect our University’s goals and vision.

"In addition, I want to thank the members of the search committee and its chairs -- David C. Wilson, associate professor of political science and international relations and associate dean of the social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Melissa Stone, director of Student Financial Services -- for their diligent work," Lucier said.

"I am excited and humbled to receive this appointment," Zander said. "It is exciting to build on the outstanding achievements of the admissions team and all those who support the efforts. It is humbling to lead the admissions effort for an institution of such great stature.

"I look forward to an historic future with UD as we work together to solve the evolving complexities facing higher education — including access and success — with uncompromising standards of excellence for ourselves and the students we serve," he added.

The director of admissions is responsible for managing and directing all activities related to meeting the University's goals for recruiting undergraduate and transfer students in all seven undergraduate colleges, as well for the Honors Program and University Studies, which includes students who have not yet determined a specific field of study.

About Douglas Zander

Zander joined UD as deputy director of admission in 2013, working closely with the director to manage admissions operations and to lead strategic recruitment and marketing planning and implementation.

Before coming to Delaware, he served as associate provost for enrollment management at Millersville University of Pennsylvania for four years. Earlier, he was director of admissions there from 2002 to 2009, and from 1998 to 2002, he was vice president of enrollment and campus life and dean of students at Paul Smith’s College in New York.

A frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, he has served on the faculty of the College Board Leadership Academy and of the Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counselors Enrollment Management Institute.

Zander is a member of several professional associations, including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

A graduate of West Chester University, he holds a master’s degree in culture and policy studies from SUNY Empire State College and his Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University.