Distinguished Service Award Presented to Dean Emeritus


Paul Driscoll, dean emeritus of admissions at the University of Redlands, received the 2014 Katy Murphy Distinguished Service Award from the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC) at its annual conference June 10, 2014 in San Jose, California.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by WACAC, acknowledging a college admission counseling professional whose contributions and achievements merit special recognition and whose work reflects the spirit and principles of its namesake.

University of Redlands Vice President of Enrollment Kevin Dyerly presented the award.

“Paul has been a personal mentor to me, and it was a privilege to honor him in this way,” Dyerly said. “I know I speak for many, many students and colleagues who salute his dedication, sincerity, and kindness and send sincere congratulations upon his receipt of this well-deserved award.”

More than 1,000 of his colleagues gave him a standing ovation in acknowledgement of the leadership, guidance and wise counsel he has demonstrated through his work and his participation in the admissions counseling profession.

Driscoll has admitted an entire generation of Redlands alumni, and is known as one whose priority has always been students. He has committed his entire career to college admissions—the first nine years at his alma mater, Loyola University of Chicago, and the past 33 years at University of Redlands, serving first as associate dean of admissions and as dean of admissions for 25 years.

During most of his tenure at the University of Redlands, Driscoll served with the same president, Dr. James Appleton, who credits him with strategically increasing the University’s enrollment, carefully articulating student financial aid with both student needs and institutional values, and for his ability to see and care for each student as individuals, connecting to people in a genuine and abiding way.

Katy Murphy, the award namesake, currently serves as president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and is regarded for her leadership and service roles within the college admissions and counseling industry and the educational institutions she has served. “Paul’s first priority has always been students, and he has advocated tirelessly for the Cal Grant and other funding for students…they have his heart,” Murphy said. “At the same time…he is thoughtful, smart, and is a leader among his peers at private colleges in California, and an excellent role model in admissions and enrollment management.”

Posted: June 16, 2014

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