Membership Spotlight - Joshua Walehwa

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.


Friday, May 24, 2019 - 1:30pm

Joshua Walehwa

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Brown School at Washington University 

St. Louis, MO

Education:  BA, Art with a K-12 Teaching Certificate, MA in Art Education, and MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education, University of Iowa

Joshua Walehwa is the Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has worked for the last 10 of his overall 17 years in higher education. Though his original degrees are in Art and Art Education, he has a Master’s degree in Student Development and will complete his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri in 2020. His current responsibilities at the Brown School include recruitment, assessment, planning and implementation, and informal advising/ supervision. He also serves on a number of university-wide committees.

Joshua enjoys his work in admissions, especially the recruitment component.  “Connecting people to their dreams is what I find most rewarding about this work” he says. While Joshua has been at Washington University for 10 years – it is interrupted service. He also held positions at Brandeis University and Saint Louis University, and worked for two years at a nonprofit called Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis. His latest iteration as Associate Director for the university is his 3rd time returning, and he has held the position for almost 4 years.   

Joshua sees many challenges in Graduate Enrollment Management, but the biggest in his eyes is the continually increasing costs of higher education. When asked what advice he might give to someone just starting out in the field his response was to “be nimble and observant (of yourself and others).” When asked what his alternative career would be if not higher education, his answer was surprising. With his background in art, one might assume full-time artist or art teacher. Instead, Joshua sees himself as a potential a stand-up comic or perhaps a podcaster. 

Joshua joined NAGAP in 2015 upon starting his current role and he has attended almost all national conferences since joining. His favorite conference memory was attending the reception at the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame. (This writer remembers hesitating to attend this event {as one who does not have much interest in country music}, but found the event and Hall of Fame to be a LOT of fun and very interesting. So, I would also put this among one of my favorite events/memories.) Joshua is also a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA,) which has provided great mentorship as a generalist in higher education. As far as his membership in NAGAP – Joshua goes on to say “getting involved in NAGAP was super easy. They are sincere when they put out calls for people to get involved and are very accessible.”

When not connecting people with their dreams Joshua can be found running, producing podcasts or indulging in movies. One of the many interesting facts about Joshua – he has an identical twin brother who is a policeman in Southern California. So if you ever get pulled over in SoCal – don’t blame Joshua, and don’t call him either!

- Written by Robert Sommo, Marketing Committee Member, New York University Silver School of Social Work