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Averett Appoints Gato as new VP for Enrollment Management

July 23, 2013

Averett University is pleased to announce that Stacy Gato has been appointed as its new vice president of enrollment management, effective August 15.

Gato comes to Averett from the University of New England (UNE), a private, rapidly-growing university in Maine with an enrollment of more than 8,000 traditional and adult students. In her most recent role as executive director of university admissions for UNE, she oversaw both the office of undergraduate admissions and the office of graduate admissions; supervised a staff of 25 professionals; and was responsible for marketing, recruitment and enrollment for the university’s six colleges across two campuses, as well as all online programs.

"I am honored to be joining the Averett University family at this very exciting time in the University's history," said Gato. "While I was researching Averett, I discovered the aspects of higher education that I value most were also those that Averett University highly values: integrity, innovation, engagement, diversity, tradition, growth and collaboration.

"I'm excited about having the opportunity to work with a team committed to achieving high quality outcomes and maintaining a student-centered focus," she continued. "There is no greater reward than witnessing the success of students as they realize their individual potential."

Gato began her career at the University of New England in 1999 as the coordinator of the university’s three branch campuses in Israel (Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem). From there, she quickly rose to the positions of: assistant registrar and coordinator of student administrative services; interim university registrar; director of enrollment services; and director of graduate admissions. In the latter capacity, she built and provided leadership to the office of graduate and professional admissions for the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"We are fortunate to welcome to this key position someone with a tremendous breadth and depth of successful enrollment leadership experience spanning nearly 20 years," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "Averett will benefit from Stacy Gato's extensive knowledge, combined with her engaging, passionate approach to leadership."

In addition to her successful career, Gato has been actively involved in the leadership of her local community, including service as an elected member of the Board of Education for the City of South Portland Schools where she served as chair of the board in 2009.

Gato is a cum laude graduate of Saint Joseph's College from whom she holds two bachelor of arts degrees – one in English, with a concentration in creative writing; the other in communications with a concentration in public relations. She and her husband, Tim, have two children: Emily, age 12 and Sarah, age 9.