Christendom College

Christendom Names New Director of Admissions

May 29, 2004

Christendom College is pleased to announce that Thomas L. McFadden, Jr., has been hired as the new Director of Admissions and Marketing effective May 17.

mcfadden_tomWith more than 12 years of administrative leadership experience, McFadden most recently has served as the College Relations Officer at Christendom. Since 2000, he has played an integral role in the development and maintenance of Christendom’s image building process, including acting as the liaison to the College’s 1300 alumni.

“Tom’s hiring is a critical component for the College’s newly reconfigured administrative layout,” says College President Timothy T. O’Donnell. “As we enter a new phase of our college’s history, I am confident that Tom’s leadership abilities will help Christendom to continue to provide one of the best liberal arts educations in the nation. He conveys a clear vision of how to improve both enrollment and marketing strategies and demonstrates excellent managerial skills. We are thrilled to have him in this new position.”

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Christendom College in 1990, McFadden worked as an Assistant General Manager for a large Washington, D.C., area restaurant chain for four years. In 1994, he changed careers and took on the role of Director of Religious Education after being asked to revitalize the religious education program at a Virginia parish. In 1998, he received his Master of Arts degree from the Notre Dame Graduate School (NDGS) of Christendom College. In 1999, after teaching part-time at the NDGS and acting as its Dean of the Summer Program, he moved to New Hampshire where he spent a year serving as a Headmaster of a small independent elementary school.

Among his responsibilities as director of admissions and marketing, McFadden will work closely with the President’s office and academic departments, analyzing statistics, strategies and trends at the College to improve recruitment techniques and enrollment as the College moves closer towards its goal of 500 students by the year 2010.

“Tom is an experienced and enthusiastic administrative professional who impresses us all with his ability to motivate and his adept managerial skills,” said Mark McShurley, Executive Vice President at the College. “We welcome him to his new position and look forward to the many contributions he will undoubtedly continue to bring to our College. His experience and history of success in all of his past positions are very encouraging, and we believe he will do an extraordinary job here in the admissions office of Christendom College.”

McFadden replaces Paul L. Heisler who faithfully served the College as Director of Admissions for the past nine years. During Heisler’s tenure, new student applications increased over 100%; new student enrollments increased over 50%; Freshman SAT averages rose 77 points; and the total college grew 71%.