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Mr. J. Leon Washington

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Vice Provost of Admissions and Fi...

Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem , Pennsylvania 18015
United States

Company Description: For 143 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The...   more

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Lehigh's international student ..., 10 April 2008 [cached]
Lehigh's international student population has doubled to 1400 within the past few years. >>Jay: We've made a deliberate effort to reach out to the world. >>Reporter: Lehigh University Director of Admissions Jay Leon Washington says the school has stepped up international marketing campaigns, increased financial aid to foreign students, and reached out to alumni to recruit more kids abroad. >>Jay: Most of our kids are coming from the continent of Asia. >>Reporter: More and more Europeans and Turkish students like Eryilmaz are hitting the books at Lehigh too.Washington says it adds up to good business.International students contribute more than $13 billion to the U.S. economy. >>Jay: We realize we live in a global world I feel we have to act like we live in a global world. >>Reporter: For Eryilmaz that means an internship.
J. Leon Washington, ..., 5 April 2007 [cached]
J. Leon Washington, assistant vice chancellor, student affairs and enrollment management at University of California-Davis, has been chosen as dean of admissions and financial aid.
President Alice Gast and Provost Mohamed El-Aasser selected Washington out of a group of three top candidates last week, El-Aasser said.
El-Aasser said Washington has dealt with all aspects of admission during a 28-year career and his breadth of knowledge brought him in front of the other two candidates.
"[Washington] is truly someone who knows the landscape of admissions in terms of the demographics," El-Aasser said.
Washington will start work at Lehigh on June 1, 2007, when selection for the Class of 2012 begins.
According to a Lehigh press release, Washington said, "I am honored to be chosen to lead Lehigh's admissions process.
"When I first started investigating Lehigh, the ‘Challenging Great Minds, Inspiring Great Imaginations' tag line that appears on the Web site really spoke to me.I realized that my values and those of Lehigh align perfectly."
El-Aasser said Washington will work toward improving particularly need-based financial aid packages and recruiting students from all over the United States and abroad.
The new dean of admissions, J. Leon Washington, is a vice chancellor at the University of California-Davis.The new dean of admissions, J. Leon Washington, is a vice chancellor at the University of California-Davis.
As J. Leon Washington explains, ..., 19 Jan 2014 [cached]
As J. Leon Washington explains, student recruitment is becoming an increasingly complex mix of local, national, and global outreach. How a college pursues one group of students may affect how it can serve another.
Mr. Washington is dean of admissions and financial aid at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa., which has long drawn most of its students from the Northeast. Over the past five years, however, the university has perused projections and revamped its recruitment plan. "There's not panic or anything," he says, "but there's been a change in attitude in how we work day to day."
"They have their finger right on the pulse," Mr. Washington says.
In California, for instance, feedback from such organizations drove home an important lesson to Lehigh: If it wanted to recruit more Hispanic students, it had to engage their parents. That meant talking about financial aid in Spanish, even with families who also spoke English, Mr. Washington says. Now Lehigh offers information sessions in Spanish both on and off the campus.
Attracting more students from across the country takes time. This year about two dozen of Lehigh's 1,200 freshmen came from the Golden State, up from just a handful five years ago. It's progress, Mr. Washington says, but also an endeavor that requires much planning, effort, and money.
The same is true of international recruitment, widely viewed as a safety net that can protect against shortfalls in enrollment and revenue. Advocates for low-income students are wary of the global-recruitment boom; they worry about colleges' giving more and more seats to students from other countries instead of to underrepresented applicants from the United States.
But the equation is more complicated than that, Mr. Washington explains, and it's up to him to balance it. "Two full-freight-paying students," he says, "allow us to fund more heavily a domestic student with greater need."
Unless social activism is one of ..., 27 June 2009 [cached]
Unless social activism is one of the core values of the school you're applying to, "heartfelt cello playing trumps obligatory service work," says J. Leon Washington, dean of admissions and financial aid for Lehigh University.
Mr. J. Leon ..., 1 Nov 2010 [cached]
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