- Pamela Burnett, who rose through the ranks from senior clerk
to associate director of admissions at the University of California,
Berkeley, is the campus's new admissions director.
following a nationwide search, Burnett, 51, became director
of UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations
with Schools earlier this month.
been serving as acting admissions director since November
when Bob Laird retired from the position.
"I am very
excited about this position and look forward to working with
our dedicated admissions staff and others to help contribute
to the superior undergraduate experience at Berkeley," Burnett
said. "I hope to tell our story to more people and convey
to communities that really need it information on how to gain
admission to a competitive university like UC Berkeley."
will manage a staff of more than 60 employees and oversee
UC Berkeley's undergraduate admissions process, outreach efforts
and other projects. She will work closely on admissions matters
with campus faculty members and administrators and with officials
in the UC Office of the President.
"I am pleased
to welcome Pamela Burnett as the new admissions director,"
said Genaro Padilla, UC Berkeley's vice chancellor for undergraduate
affairs. "Her experience, combined with the dedication and
expertise of her colleagues in the admissions office, will
ensure that our entire admissions operation continues to serve
the campus well."
is the first woman and the first Asian American to be selected
admissions director at UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Oakland,
Burnett graduated from UC Berkeley in 1971 with a bachelor's
degree in social sciences and immediately began working in
the admissions office as a senior clerk.
Calvin Moore, chair of the search committee and chair of the
Academic Senate Committee on Admissions, Enrollment and Preparatory
Education, said Burnett was the clear choice.
her experience and her dedication to providing Berkeley with
a diverse, talented population of students, Pamela Burnett
is an outstanding choice," said Moore. "She brings an exceptional
commitment to the job."
three decades at UC Berkeley, Burnett progressively has taken
on more responsibilities and guided the office through several
reorganizations. Burnett believes that her in-the-trenches
experiences, and the critical thinking skills and research
skills she learned as a UC Berkeley undergraduate, contributed
to her success.
associate director of admissions in 1992 and was responsible
for much of the day-to-day operations of the office including
personnel matters, budget issues and supervision of outreach
efforts and transfer admissions.
very beginning, my highest priority was to help fulfill the
university's mission to educate the future leaders of California
and the country and to include among those students the brightest
students from all segments of California's population," Burnett
said. "That's been my priority since I started working in
admissions nearly 29 years ago."
has played a key role in creating a process that ensures consistency
in the freshman application review process. The training and
review process that she designed allows for consistent standards
while evaluating applicants from a wide variety of experiences,
accomplishments, obstacles and opportunities. For example,
she said, each of the 33,200 freshman applications for the
fall 2000 class were reviewed independently by at least two
is married to UC Berkeley alumnus Rudolph Burnett and has