An Interview With Our New Dean, Caitlin Read
November 20, 2017
Interview by Emma Corcoran ’18, Psychology Major and Sociology Minor from Brooklyn, NY
Emma Corcoran: What drew you to Purchase?
Caitlin Read: I love the energy and creativity of the students and faculty here. I find the passion students have about their majors (whether they are in Biology or Art + Design) inspiring. It is a school that has a great reputation but still has untapped potential in the prospective student market. I have also found the upper administration here to be very approachable, student-focused, and receptive to new ideas, which is a wonderful environment to work in.
EC: Do you have a favorite spot on campus yet?
CR: I am constantly walking back and forth from the Administration Building to the Student Services Building and I have begun to really enjoy it.
EC: What do you find interesting about your role so far as Dean of Enrollment Management? Is it similar to a position you’ve held previously?
CR: I love that my role enables me to interact with many different faculty members and administrators across campus. I am enjoying learning about all of the important work they and their students are doing and ways in which we can better relay that information to a prospective student audience as well as improve processes for applicants and enrolling students. While the responsibilities are very similar to my last position, Purchase is a unique place with a much different culture and academic offerings.
EC: What are you looking forward to the most in this new job?
CR: I am looking forward to continuing to learn about the College and working to promote the image of the school. I am hoping to open up the line of communication between the academic departments and the Admissions office and also create a more intentional strategy around and enrolling students in order to meet our institutional goals and objectives.
EC: What are some goals you have for your time at Purchase?
CR: In addition to what I mentioned above I would like to work more collaboratively with Communications & Creative Services to create a communication plan/marketing strategy that emphasizes the value proposition of a Purchase degree. I believe that we are able to offer students a transformative academic and artistic experience at a reasonable cost.
EC: Is there anything in particular you’d want to convey to the Purchase community?
CR: I would like the community to see Enrollment as a partner in helping to promote the Institution as well as individual programs.
EC: I know you have your MFA; where do you draw inspiration for writing?
I draw a lot of information from Shelter Island where I grew up but also from the people I meet and interact with in my daily life. I love hearing about people’s lives and family dynamics.
EC: What is one thing you want prospective students to know about Purchase?
CR: How motivated, talented, and bright our students are. They are really our best advertisement. Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a supportive and diverse community of learners?