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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
    mrmaxwe2@central.uh.edu

    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
    jlane3@central.uh.edu

    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
    jhratcli@central.uh.edu

    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
    admissions@uh.edu

    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
    admissions@uh.edu

    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).

  • Sara Khalifa

    Associate Director, Operations
    skhalifa@central.uh.edu

    Sara Khalifa joined the Office of Admissions in January 2018 and has worked for the UH system since 2013. She oversees operations, customer service, and employee on-boarding and training. She is originally from East Texas and has her M.S. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education.

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