Chancellor Johnson Names Dennis Craig Officer-In-Charge of Purchase College

July 30, 2018

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson announced the appointment of Dennis Craig as officer-in-charge of Purchase College while President Thomas J. Schwarz is on assigned leave.

About Dennis Craig

Dennis Craig is currently vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. He oversees all nonacademic student engagement, focusing on the student’s experience from initial inquiry into applying to Purchase College through to commencement. Craig joined Purchase in 2006 as the vice president for admissions and associate provost for enrollment.

Prior to joining Purchase, Craig served as university director of admissions at Montclair State University for five years, where he implemented an enrollment marketing and recruitment plan that resulted in a 27 percent increase in applications. He helped establish Montclair’s reputation as the second largest and fastest growing university in New Jersey.

He also served as director of admissions at the Culinary Institute of America, where he directed all aspects of pre-enrollment programs and events for prospective students, and managed a staff who were responsible for national recruitment, enrollment marketing, new student orientation, telemarketing, and database management.

Craig holds a bachelor of science in business and economics from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s in history from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

About the State University of New York
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