Mark A. Cortez has been selected to serve as executive director of Admissions at Stony Brook University, effective May 1. In this role, Cortez will lead Undergraduate, Graduate and Health Sciences, and International Admissions. Under the direction of Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & Retention, Dawn Medley, he will be responsible for the development and oversight of the recruitment and admissions staff, the development and implementation of policies and procedures, and will collaborate with the enrollment management team to meet targets for new, undergraduate, and graduate student enrollment cohorts.
“After a national search, we are excited to welcome Mark as a leader in the EM division. His experience with national recruitment, staff development, and transfer student support will help us continue to grow and diversify our student body. We are thrilled to have him join the division,” said Medley.
Cortez will join Stony Brook from The Ohio State University, where he currently serves as director of Outreach and Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions. In his time at Ohio State, he has enhanced the organization through work with marketing and recruitment, policy, planning, and compliance, staff supervision and development, and assessment and benchmarking across domestic, international and transfer admission, and visit programs. Collectively, his efforts contributed to consistent application and yield growth that reflected university values and goals.
“The entire Stony Brook community has been so welcoming, and I am excited to be joining your efforts at an important time for admissions,” Cortez shared.
He has served across numerous local, state and national organizations. Recently, he was a member of the Strengthening Ohio’s High School Math Pathways Advisory Council, a state-wide representative group of stakeholders focused on equity, communication, and the supports surrounding the systems and structures that are needed to implement new math courses in Ohio high schools. He has also recently served as a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling Rural and Small-Towns Ad Hoc Committee, a member of College Board’s Preparate Conference National Advisory Committee, and a scholarship reader for the national transfer honor society. He currently is serving the National Association for College Admissions Counseling as part of the Admissions Practices National Committee, the Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling as the Government Relations chair, is a member of the SCOIR Council, and is a fellow for the College Board.
Prior to his current position, Cortez served as the director for articulation and transfer policy with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Starting his career with Ohio State at their Lima campus in admissions, he later served the university across multiple areas of admissions, including first-year and transfer.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Ohio State and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Tiffin University.