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Oct. 31,  2011

Latting Named Dean of Admission

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John F. Latting has been appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment and Dean of Admission at Emory University where he will lead Emory in attracting and retaining undergraduate students who have the highest quality of intellect, motivation and diversity.

Admission to Emory College of Arts & Sciences is highly competitive; one out of four applicants are admitted. This year's freshman class came to Emory from 901 secondary schools and from 48 states and 24 countries; 16.3 percent were from Georgia.

Latting, currently the dean of undergraduate admissions at Johns Hopkins University, will transition to this new position at Emory over the next two months.

"I'm eager to join the admissions team at Emory — a great university in a great city," says Latting. "And it's been a pleasure getting to know future colleagues in the admissions office, and also around the university. I'm confident we'll build on the clear strengths of Emory, and the impressive admissions results of years past, to extend the reach of the university around the nation and around the world."

At Emory, Latting will be responsible for recruiting the freshman class for the university's undergraduate schools on the Atlanta campus and will provide leadership in coordinating undergraduate admission and financial aid. 

In 2011, Emory College received 100,000 inquiries and 17,000 applications for its first-year class of 1,357. Emory offers an array of financial aid programs to make an Emory education affordable, including Emory Advantage that helps undergraduate domestic students from families with annual total incomes of $100,000 or less. Emory practices ‘need blind' admission, which means a student's ability to pay for an Emory education is not considered when admission decisions are made. Two out of three undergraduate students receive financial assistance.

Students in Emory College pursue a liberal arts education but also benefit from research opportunities and internships in Emory's graduate and professional schools, which combine to make Emory one of the world's leading centers for discovery and learning. This combination is highly effective for Emory graduates; 83 percent of the Emory College Class of 2011 reported that when they graduated last May, they had definitive post-graduation plans in place with either a job or acceptance to a graduate or professional school program in hand. Ninety-five percent of seniors provided information about their plans.

Latting also is charged with successfully implementing Emory's strategic enrollment goals, playing a key role in advising senior leadership on enrollment issues and strategies.

"John Latting brings a deep and distinguished record of accomplishment in admissions from several outstanding universities," says Emory Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Earl Lewis. "There is no question that our Office of Admission will thrive under his creative leadership and that our undergraduate schools will benefit greatly from his insight and experience as we continue to recruit excellent students to Emory."

Latting served as dean of undergraduate admissions at Johns Hopkins since 2007 and as JHU's director of undergraduate admissions 2001-07. As dean he managed the recruitment and selection of undergraduates into JHU's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering at JHU, and directed the recruitment of international and transfer students into the undergraduate programs.

Under his leadership JHU increased the size of the freshmen applicant pool in nine consecutive years, improved student diversity and strengthened the academic preparation of the freshman class. He also led the office in implementing improved information technology, adopting a robust social media and e-recruiting process, engaging faculty in the admission process and establishing a strong communications strategy.

Prior to JHU, Latting was a member of the admissions team at Caltech from 1994–01, first as assistant then associate director and finally as senior associate director in 1999. He also worked in admissions at Stanford University, where he focused on admission of both athletes and international students.

Latting earned a PhD in educational administration in 1996 from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, at Berkeley. He graduated from Stanford in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and earned a master of arts degree from Berkeley in 1993.

Latting's wife, economic historian Caroline Fohlin, has been named a distinguished visiting professor in Emory's economics department. In her research, Fohlin, who has served as a research professor of economics at JHU since 2005, investigates how financial markets, institutions, and systems have developed around the world over time, and how the organization of financial intermediaries influences their performance and potentially impinges on economic growth.

Latting and Fohlin will be joined in Atlanta by their three children, Benjamin (age 12), Helen (age 9) and Theo (age 3).

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