Moira Poe Named Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt University

Moira Poe, a highly respected admissions leader with a passion for increasing higher education accessibility and affordability for scholars of diverse backgrounds and experiences, has been named executive director of undergraduate admissions for Vanderbilt University.

Poe’s appointment was announced by Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid. “Moira Poe is a talented and innovative leader who is recognized nationally for her dedication to increasing higher education access to underrepresented students,” Christiansen said. “She shares our One Vanderbilt values and priorities for building an inclusive and supportive campus community. I am excited to welcome her to campus and look forward to the impact of her strategic expertise in admissions and strong commitment to advancing our university’s mission.”

Poe comes to Vanderbilt from Yale University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at Yale undergraduate admissions since 2013, including associate director for the past five years. During the past three years, she also was director of multicultural recruitment, where she achieved significant and sustained growth for the university’s Multicultural Open House program.

“I am honored to join the Vanderbilt community and excited to work with Doug Christiansen, the undergraduate admissions and enrollment management teams, and the whole Vanderbilt community to recruit and enroll the next generation of Commodores,” Poe said. “From my first interaction with the Vanderbilt community, it was clear that this is an incredible, dynamic and welcoming community. I’m also very glad that my own priorities in terms of helping young people as they navigate the college admissions process—and supporting my admissions colleagues during the challenges of the pandemic—fully align with Vanderbilt’s values and culture.”

WittKieffer’s Robin Mamlet, Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Patricia Coleman led this search.

Read the press announcement.