Earlier this week, Columbia Business School announced the appointment of Amanda Carlson as assistant dean of admissions, where she will oversee the admissions department of the MBA and Executive MBA programs at the school. Carlson follows former assistant dean of admissions Mary Miller, who is now program director for EMBA-Global Asia, a joint program offered by the University of Hong Kong, London Business School, and Columbia Business School.
The changing of the guard comes on the heels of a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article on last year’s precipitous drop—19%—in applications to Columbia’s full-time MBA program. It’s the biggest one-year drop in recent memory, BusinessWeek reports, and Amir Ziv, vice dean and accounting professor at Columbia, blames troubles on Wall Street for the slump.
Carlson joined the admissions team in 2002 as a coordinator and worked her way up to her previous role as director of admissions. Prior to joining Columbia, she worked in campus recruitment for McKinsey & Company. Carlson has also served on the Board of the Forte Foundation and as a member of the Graduate Management Admissions Council’s (GMAC) annual conference advisory committee.
Dean Glenn Hubbard praised the departing Miller’s contributions to the business school, which include the recruitment of a highly qualified student body.
“Mary and Amanda worked closely together on our admissions strategy, and with Amanda’s expertise in admissions, we are confident that she will continue the great work already underway and be a strong leader for our terrific admissions team,” Hubbard said.