02. 25. 2022

Tammy McNish joins the Graduate School as Assistant Director of Diversity Outreach and Recruitment

After an extensive search, the Graduate School is pleased to announce that Tammy McNish will join the University of Minnesota as Assistant Director of Diversity Outreach and Recruitment with the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO), starting March 9.

Tammy McNish

Tammy McNish has more than a decade of experience in higher education, admissions, and enrollment management, and most recently served as the Admissions and Recruitment Specialist for the Center for Allied Health Programs at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about helping prospective students navigate their way through the recruitment and admissions process, while making that process more accessible and equitable. In her new role with the GSDO, Tammy is excited to build relationships with colleagues systemwide that will help contribute to recruitment initiatives and attract diverse candidates to graduate programs.

In this position, Tammy will lead the design, implementation, delivery, and analysis of diversity recruitment engagements, initiatives, and signature programs to ensure alignment with the GSDO’s strategic objectives, and significantly contribute to the development of the diversity recruitment strategy; provide direct leadership to the Graduate and Professional Schools (GAPS) Recruitment Council; and leverage existing GSDO relationships as well as a local and national network of graduate enrollment professionals to maintain the U of M’s reputation as a leader and thought partner in the diversity recruitment space. Tammy will also serve as a resource for colleges, graduate programs, faculty, and graduate student support staff to attract and enroll prospective students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in academia.

“The Assistant Director position is vital to many on campus as they provide support systemwide to the colleges, academic programs, faculty, and of course prospective students,” says Cori Bazemore-James, Assistant Vice Provost, Graduate School Diversity Office. “Having a thoughtful and inspiring leader in this role will lead to continuously improved diversity recruitment practices for the U of M at the graduate level.”

In her spare time, Tammy enjoys staying active, reading, and watching sports and cooking shows. As a new resident of Minnesota, she’s looking forward to exploring the Twin Cities and surrounding areas with her husband, Ken, and their dog, Meadow.

We are excited to welcome Tammy to the Graduate School and look forward to strengthening our efforts to diversify the next generation of thought creators and leaders.

Welcome, Tammy!