CMC Announces New Temporary Dean of Admissions

Claremont McKenna College President Pamela Gann announced this afternoon that Georgette DeVeres, Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, will take over as the temporary head of CMC's Admission and Financial Aid Office. Former Vice President & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Richard 'Dick' Vos resigned on Monday following the news of an SAT reporting scandal, in which a senior administrator at the college's Office of Admission confessed to fudging the school's SAT scores since 2005. Though the admissions administrator has yet to be named by the college, Max Benavidez, the Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications, and Marketing, has confirmed that the person responsible has resigned.

Ms. DeVeres, a member of the college's Senior Staff at the Office of the President, has worked at CMC since 1983. She has served nine years as a Trustee of the College Board and two years as the chairperson of its Board of Trustees. Ms. DeVeres currently serves on the Reauthorization Task Force of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), an organization responsible for 'reauthorizing' financial assistance funds granted to major federal student aid programs by the Higher Education Act of 1965.

In 2005, Ms. DeVeres was featured in the Spring issue of CMC Magazine and discussed her career as director of Financial Aid at CMC and her work with the College Board, including the change in the SAT format earlier that year. The new test added an essay component to the critical reading and math sections of the exam, bringing the highest possible combined score of 1600 to 2400.

The article mentions former Dean of Admission Richard Vos' praise for Ms. DeVeres, citing Ms. DeVeres as having "the knack for inspiring confidence in the people around her, as well as an ability to bring out the best in those who work with her."

Linda Clement, vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland and past College Board chair, also praises Ms. DeVeres in the 2005 article, noting, "All of the College Board Trustees have enormous respect for Georgette."

Clement goes on to say that Ms. DeVeres "brings to the task tremendous experience, an outstanding level of commitment to students and their families, and an understanding of complex political issues."

The email announcement from President Gann regarding Ms. Deveres has been reproduced below. Check back with the Forum for continuing coverage of the SAT scandal and the resignation of Richard Vos.

Dear CMC Community,

I am pleased to announce that effective today Georgette DeVeres, Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, will become the interim head of the College’s Admission and Financial Aid Office. She has worked at Claremont McKenna College since 1983, and is a member of my senior staff. Georgette is well-respected and nationally known within the admission and financial aid professions. She served nine years as a Trustee of the College Board, and served two years as the chairperson of its Board of Trustees.  Georgette received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Western Region of the College Board. Presently, she serves on the Reauthorization Task Force of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Georgette is an honorary member of the CMC Alumni Association, in recognition of her many years of service to the College. I look forward to continuing our work together.

Sincerely, Pamela B. Gann, President