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Our Office

The Office of Admissions is made up of four main areas: Admissions Processing, Information Technology, New Student Programs (campus visits and orientation), and Student Recruitment. We’re among 29 departments and programs in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.

Our Mission

To provide information, pathways, and resources that give access to world-changing opportunities at the University of Houston. We aim to recruit academically promising students, provide timely admissions evaluation, and deliver an orientation and enrollment experience that establishes a foundation toward college retention and graduation.

Our Vision

To create a diverse, inclusive, and academically competitive university that has been shaped by high-touch and data-driven initiatives. A place that’s relentless about college access, a destination for academically competitive students, and a model within the field of college admissions.

Facts & Figures

  • 60+ full-time employees and 50+ part-time student staff
  • Regionally located in Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, McAllen, and Los Angeles (CA)
  • 48,000+ undergraduate applications annually
  • Incoming students represent nearly every county in Texas and every state in the U.S. as well as 90+ nations around the world.

Our Leadership

  • Dr. Mardell Maxwell

    Executive Director

    Dr. Mardell Maxwell joined the Office of Admissions in April 2017. He provides leadership and administrative oversight to undergraduate admissions, prospective student recruitment, new student orientation, and enrollment. Prior to moving to Houston, he served as an admissions professional at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University.

  • Jeremy Lane

    Director, Student Recruitment

    Jeremy Lane joined the Office of Admissions in October 2017. He manages prospective student recruitment around the world. He’s a native of Flint, Michigan and worked as an admissions professional at Langston University and the University of Cincinnati.

  • Joey Ratcliff

    Director, New Student Programs

    Joey Ratcliff joined the Office of Admissions in April 2015. He oversees the campus visit and orientation programs for future Coogs. He’s originally from Brookhaven, Mississippi and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi. He’s currently enrolled in a doctorate program studying ethical leadership. In addition to traveling the world, he enjoys playing tennis, reading, and visiting small coffee shops around Houston.

  • RoLana Starr

    Director, Admissions Information Technology

    RoLana Starr joined the University of Houston in October 2003. She’s responsible for data management, systems, and processes that improve the department’s efficiency and effectiveness. RoLana is well respected for her technical skill and knowledge of Campus Solutions products.

  • Derrick Alex

    Director, Admissions Processing

    Derrick Alex joined the Office of Admissions in January 2019. He manages the processing of admission applications and college credit evaluation. He has a comprehensive background in the admissions field and international student recruitment. Derrick is from India and previously worked at Indiana University of Pennsylvania – University of Indiana (IUPUI).

  • Dr. Johna McClendon

    Associate Director, International Student Recruitment

    Dr. Johna McClendon joined the Office of Admissions in February 2018. She oversees the daily operations of international student recruitment and admissions. She earned an Ed.D. at Texas Southern University and previously served international students at Houston Community College.

Our Advisory Board

The Counselor Advisory Board is a group of highly recommended school counselors who advise UH in admission policies and practices aimed to better serve students through the college-going experience. The advisory board is a two-year commitment that consists of a one-day campus meeting in the fall and spring semesters. The benefits of membership include, but are not limited to:
  • Cultivate rapport with the Office of Admissions and other counselors;
  • Seek guidance from the Office of Admissions and other counselors specific to college admissions and counseling;
  • Establish a network to discuss educational trends and opportunities for college access.
  • Offer first-hand information to your school community regarding initiatives that impact student success.

Texas Members

Amy Hollie
The Woodlands High School

Bonnie Baker
Cedar Hill High School

Brian Williams
Elkins High School

Demetra Durham
Berkner High School

Dwana Burgens
IH Kempner High School

Erica Ramos
Memorial Early College High School

Greg Forge
Plano East High School

Jackie Magness
Del Valle High School

Kristy Dozier
Allen High School

Michelle Snyder
Crockett High School

Pamela Mason
Anderson High School

Paul Harris
Alamo Heights High College Center

Sujey Doctoroff
Saint Angnes Academy

Vilma Wolfe
Saint Joseph Academy


Out-of-State Members

Coming in 2020 | Submit a nomination

Meeting Dates

  • Fall 2019 - TBD
  • Spring 2020 - TBD

Our Open Positions

Interested in joining our team? Here are the positions we currently have open:

Admissions Advisor

Represents the University of Houston to the public community in Houston, throughout Texas, and across the nation. Provides information to, and advises prospective students regarding the academic programs offered by the University or a specific department, including requirements for admission and retention through graduation.
  • Recruit high school and community college students and may make presentations at special events.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with the business, educational, and general community sectors to discuss and outline proper planning and procedure as they relate to recruitment and retention.
  • Advises prospective students regarding admissions, academic programs and curriculums.

Apply here.

Functional Analyst

Experience and education will determine Functional Analyst 1, Functional Analyst 2, Functional Analyst 3, or Functional Analyst 4.

Provides functional support and analysis for one or more of the university's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application modules.

  • Reviews requests for programming revisions and drafts specifications for software applications development.
  • Tests programming revisions and new development of software applications.
  • Tests software patch sets, bundles, and upgrades. Monitors application through testing phase and suggests improvements or changes to application lead.
  • Troubleshoots and assists service-related departments with issues relating to software applications.

Apply here.