SALEM, Va.-James Pennix '88 recently was appointed director of admissions for Roanoke College after a national search was conducted. Pennix has been with Roanoke's admissions office since 2001 working as assistant and associate director of admissions. He also served as an assistant coach for the men's varsity basketball team and has worked closely with the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs.
"We ran a national search and James was the successful candidate among an impressive field," Michael C. Maxey, vice president of college relations, said. "I am delighted that we had such an outstanding staff member and alumnus rise to the top. He will help us move ahead as an institution."
When not on the road for admissions, Pennix is known as a very visible person on campus, usually in conversations with students - many of whom he recruited to attend Roanoke.
Pennix earned a Bachelor of Science from Roanoke, majoring in math. He received a Master of Social Work from Radford University. Pennix also works as an adjunct professor teaching and supervising graduate students for Radford University. Pennix served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for seven years.
Some of Pennix's long-term goals include finding a way to increase numbers of applicants while raising the College's standards, and getting the campus more involved in the recruitment of new students. He says one of his short-term goals is improved staff training.
"I believe we're on the right track," Pennix said. "I hope to get more campus collaboration because it's not just the [admissions] staff recruiting students- it's really a campus wide effort. The whole campus has to make a commitment if we want to strive to be one of the best liberal arts colleges the nation."
Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.