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Anthony Scott joins School of Art and Design as director of admissions, student services


February 18, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has welcomed Anthony Scott as its new director of admissions and student services.

Scott has a decade of experience as a higher education administrator, most recently as an associate director of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program at Indiana University Bloomington. The program ensures minority student success through scholarships, mentoring and building a sense of community for more than 800 students on the Bloomington campus.

The new director’s goals at Herron include: establishing deeper relationships with the influencers of students; putting mentoring programs in place for beginning students; getting Herron students to see themselves as leaders at IUPUI, not visitors; and beginning the recruitment process as early as middle school.

“This is a calling,” Scott said. “My focus is on service to students.”

Scott said the opportunity to come to Herron intrigued him because art students are different from those interested in business, science or engineering. He became “interested in working with students who are passionate about their craft and using that creative expression to influence the world around them.”

Scott’s approach to student services is shaping up to be two-pronged: improving Herron’s retention rate for undergraduate students -- which was 84 percent for the 2011-12 school year -- while increasing the competition for a seat at Herron.

“The pool of potential art students is limited,” he said. “I want more prospective students to know that Herron is the most attractive academic opportunity because of its affordability, professional practice opportunities, outstanding facilities and prestigious faculty.”

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Indiana Wesleyan University and a J.D. degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis