KU's admissions director will change jobs to focus on freshmen and sophomores.
The director of admissions at Kansas University will be exiting her job by June 1, KU officials said Friday.
Deborah Boulware, top official in the admissions office since 1991, will be moved to a new position as head of an office devoted to improving the academic experience of freshmen and sophomores.
The search for a permanent successor should be finished Sept. 1, said Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Interim admissions director will be Kathryn Tuttle, director of the university's new student orientation program.
"Kathryn Tuttle knows the University of Kansas well," McCluskey-Fawcett said. "I am confident she will effectively lead the office."
Boulware was dean of instruction at Colby Community College before being named KU's admissions director.
In July 1995, she said her two goals for the fall semester were to increase freshman enrollment by 200 students and raise the average ACT score of incoming freshmen 0.2 percent.
However, enrollment by freshmen climbed 83 students, and their ACT average score increased 0.1 percent.
Overall, KU enrollment has been sliding since 1992, the year after Boulware arrived, when KU attracted a record 29,161 students.
Enrollment on KU's main campus in Lawrence has declined three consecutive years: 338 in 1993, 1,089 in 1994, 300 in 1995.
In her new job, Boulware will oversee projects including the Freshman Summer Institute, a program designed to give students a head start on their college career; an academic residence hall program; and development of the Mount Oread Scholarship program.
Mary Ryan, associate director of new student orientation, was selected to replace Tuttle on an interim basis.