Interim Named for Office of Admissions

Friday, July 17, 2020

David Graves and Amanda Sale

The Office of Admissions will see a change in leadership in the coming weeks. Patrick Winter, Associate VP and Director of the Office of Admissions will be leaving UGA on August 3, 2020. David Graves will step up as the Interim Senior Executive Director for the Office of Admissions while Amanda Sale will take on additional responsibilities for recruitment and marketing and serve as the Interim Executive Director. 

Patrick Winter served in the Office of Admissions for over 15 years, including as its director since 2015. He led changes to the admissions process, including the adoption of a comprehensive, whole-student review of applicants, successful implementation of a CRM-system, and introduced various access and inclusion initiatives. We wish him the very best as he pursues an exciting career opportunity. 

Graves and Sale are well positioned to serve in interim roles with extensive experience in admissions and working with campus partners. Graves has been at UGA since 1997 and in his current role as senior associate director of admission since 2006 where his main focus has been the oversight of the operations side of Undergraduate Admissions. Over the past ten years, Graves has played a key role in transitioning the freshman review process into a more holistic review system, allowing for a more well-rounded and diverse student community. From 2012 through June 2016, he served as the Admissions Team lead for the Banner/Athena project, and led a team that implemented the admissions process for undergraduate, graduate and professional schools at UGA.

As senior associate director of admission for marketing and recruitment, Amanda Sale is responsible for the creation and oversight of multilevel electronic and print communication campaigns as well as the facilitation of statewide and national recruitment efforts for undergraduate students. Dr. Sale works with a team that includes seven direct reports, 22 professional staff, more than 50 student interns, employees, and volunteers. She has led her team to implement a series of targeted, multi-channel campaigns to tell the UGA story, encourage an application, and ultimately yield to enrollment.  In addition to these campaigns, she has worked to build partnerships with departments across campus, school districts, and the President’s Office to offer events and facilitate initiatives that serve a variety of different institutional objectives.   

Graves has spent his 28-year career in admissions beginning at Oglethorpe University as an Admissions Counselor and holding several positions at UGA over the years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s in English both from Clemson University. 

Dr. Sale has worked in higher education for 17 years at a variety of institutions in four different states.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a master’s degree in Higher Education from Texas Tech University as well as a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University.

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