New roles assigned in admissions, financial aid
September 07, 2007

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Three members of the Admissions and Financial Aid staff have been given new responsibilities as Bryan’s admissions office shifts to an enrollment management operational model.

Michael Sapienza, who for the past four years has been director of admissions and financial aid, has been named director of enrollment management. Ricky Taphorn, who has served as assistant director of financial aid for three years, is the new director of financial aid. Christopher Henderson, an admissions counselor for the past two years, is the new assistant director of admissions.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said Mr. Sapienza's new responsibilities will include recruiting new students each year and ensuring college personnel make every effort to support and encourage students to complete their education at Bryan.

"Michael has done an outstanding job in leading our admissions office, and has played an important role in enrollment growth in the past few years," Dr. Livesay said. "I believe his energy and enthusiasm will have a similar impact as we address retention issues in a more comprehensive manner."

Mr. Taphorn will have full responsibility for operation of the financial aid office, and will report to Mr. Sapienza as part of the enrollment management effort.

"Ricky has demonstrated his resourcefulness and desire to lead," Mr. Sapienza said. "Bryan’s traditional enrollment has grown by some 40 percent, the Aspire degree completion program enrollment has had significant growth and we have added an MBA program in the past few years, but the office has managed to handle the additional workload without adding staff."

Mr. Henderson, a member of the Bryan Class of 2001, will have responsibility for activities of admissions counselors and the telecounseling outreach to prospective students.

Mr. Sapienza said Mr. Henderson "has been a good counselor and does an outstanding job of building relationships with students and prospects. I think his innovative approach and enthusiastic outlook will bring new energy to our admissions staff as we address the challenge of building enrollment."