May 26, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that John Witherington will be joining Drew as the first Executive Director of Graduate Admissions beginning July 1.  John brings 14 years of experience from Philadelphia University where he currently manages enrollment and marketing for 27 distinct graduate programs. He will oversee the creation of a combined Admissions Office for the Caspersen and Theological Schools focusing on the development and execution of a comprehensive student recruitment and communications plan.  He will serve on the Dean’s Council of each school, act as the direct liaison to the Office of Financial Assistance and will work closely with me and Vice President Kira Poplowski, while also collaborating with the Deans of the Caspersen and Theological Schools.

A graduate of Fairfield University, John is no stranger to New Jersey as he grew up in Union County, and watched his mother walk across the stage at Drew to accept her graduate degree. I am happy to welcome him back and to have him as a member of the Enrollment Management team.

Many thanks to the Search Committee for their dedicated service throughout the interview process: Melanie Johnson DeBaufre, Wyatt Evans, Gerald Liu, Dan Ostin, Kira Poplowski, Bill Rogers and April Vidor. I also appreciate the time that faculty and staff representatives took to interview our three finalists and who provided me with valuable feedback.

Please join me in welcoming John to the Drew community, as he moves into his office at 12 Campus Drive.

Bob Massa


Robert J Massa
Senior Vice President
Enrollment & Institutional Planning
Drew University