Former Queens University admissions dean selected to lead GW’s office

Costas Solomou will begin his position as the dean of undergraduate admissions Aug. 15. Photo courtesy of Costas Solomou
Costas Solomou will begin his position as the dean of undergraduate admissions Aug. 15. Photo courtesy of Costas Solomou

The former dean of admission at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. will serve as GW’s dean of undergraduate admissions starting Aug. 15, according to a University release Friday.

Costas Solomou worked in admissions and enrollment management at the University of Rochester for 15 years before he started at Queens University. He introduced a data-driven approach to recruitment at the University of Rochester that increased “quality and diversity of enrolling students,” according to the release.

“I hope to bring both passion and vision to GW, while inspiring others to become life-long learners,” Solomou said in the release.

He has also held leadership roles with the New York State Association of College Admission Counseling and the College Board.

Officials have recently launched partnerships with the Posse Foundation and Say Yes to Education as part of their focus on making GW accessible to low-income students.

The University also implemented a test-optional admissions policy last summer, which officials said contributed to a dramatic undergraduate application increase this year.

Provost Forrest Maltzman said in the release that Solomou will continue the University’s commitment to accessibility and enrolling diverse students.

“Costas is an outstanding leader whose student-centered approach will enable us to continue building on our momentum of enrolling a class of high-achieving and diverse first year and transfer students,” Maltzman said.

Former dean of undergraduate admissions Karen Stroud Felton stepped down from the post in May, and officials conducted a national search for her replacement over the past semester.

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