The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.
Jennifer L. Webb
Director, Graduate Enrollment Services, Marymount University
Education: BA in Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park and MA in Forensic and Legal Psychology from Marymount University
Jennifer Webb, Director of Graduate Enrollment Services at Marymount University is no stranger to graduate admissions. She has been with Marymount for eight years and in the field of higher education for eleven years. When asked what she enjoys most she responded “the hardworking committee and fun team members I get to work with every day”. She also appreciates being part of a university that is undergoing growth and development and consistently drawing driven and energetic graduate students to its programs.
What advice would Jennifer give to the new professional in higher education and specifically graduate enrollment management? “Become as active on campus as possible to see, from different perspectives, how the working parts come together and interact with each other.” She also recommends staying connected to higher education and your original inspiration for getting into this field and joining NAGAP to actively participate in as many conferences and institutes at possible.
One of Jennifer’s favorite NAGAP memories was the very first day of her first Summer PDI which was also her first NAGAP event. She was so impressed with the knowledge and warmth of the organizers and attendees. “The energy at the Institute was exciting and contagious, and I learned more than I ever imagined. Also, I was able to utilize what I learned immediately when I returned to campus.” Since this event Jennifer has attended over 10 NAGAP events and she has fond memories of each one. Now, as a member of NAGAP’s Professional Development Committee, Jennifer helps to plan the curriculum of each NAGAP PDI, helping other members experience the same benefits she did.
Jennifer has been a NAGAP member for the tenure of her career in higher education (11 years,) joining primarily to learn more about the industry. Since then she’s formed connections with colleagues throughout the field “who have become friends AND extremely valuable resources”. She has used knowledge from Summer and Winter Institutes, and the Annual Conference, to help create a graduate student ambassador program and several components of her domestic and international recruitment strategy. Jennifer is a great example of someone who really puts the information absorbed at events into practical and successful use at her institution.
Outside of work Jennifer relishes her sense of adventure. “I’ve been to burning man and look forward to going back another time as the same type of community, art, self-expression and self-reliance is challenging to experience anywhere else,’ she says. Jennifer can also be found hiking, traveling and taking part in drum circles with friends and family, including her two young children.