Dr. Eugenia Mejia, NYUCD's Director of Admissions, has been awarded the 2008-2009 Distinguished Administrator Award presented by New York University in recognition of outstanding achievement as an administrator and dedicated service to students, faculty, and staff. This significant award is a special acknowledgement of the value that NYU places on administrative excellence and a way to formally honor the significant contributions of administrative and professional staff. Dr. Mejia, formerly Director of the Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, holds a PhD in counseling psychology from the Steinhardt School.
Noting that only six individuals from throughout the University received this distinction, Dean Bertolami said: "Eugenia has been a tremendous asset to NYUCD, where she attracts and selects candidates for admission. Since her arrival at the College in 2006, Eugenia's scope has increased from 3,908 applications to include more than 4,657 applications for admission. The incoming class statistics also are significantly higher than in previous years, adding to the quality and diversity of the applicants and allowing NYUCD to be more selective in its candidates for admission as a direct result of Eugenia's recruitment efforts. Her work often involves interaction with students, parents, college and high school faculty, administrators, corporate personnel, and community groups. As a supervisor, Eugenia promotes both quality and efficiency and encourages staff and students to work both hard and smart. She rewards hard work and success and also provides opportunities to those who may not have realized their full potential.
"Throughout her career, Eugenia has been a role model for many aspiring professionals, and has taken the time to guide and mentor numerous students. I can think of few individuals who give as much of themselves to ensure that students have a multitude of options open to them. She has increased access for many members of historically underrepresented communities and exemplifies the best of what we at NYUCD try to promote. I look forward to adding her name to the stainless steel tablet in our lobby bearing the names of University Distinguished Teachers and Administrators from NYUCD."