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Pulteney Street Podcast: Meet Admissions Director Alan Paynter


President Joyce P. Jacobsen and Director of Admissions Alan Paynter discuss the higher education landscape, enrollment goals and initial impressions of HWS on the first Pulteney Street Podcast episode of 2021.

Alan Paynter, who joined HWS as director of admissions in September 2020, is the first guest of 2021 on the Pulteney Street Podcast with President Joyce P. Jacobsen. In the HWS Office of Admissions, he is responsible for planning and directing the personnel and operations functions, including the design, implementation and evaluation of marketing and recruitment programs.

In the episode, Paynter discusses changes in the field of college admissions, creative ways of reaching prospective students, challenges of recruiting during the pandemic, and the personal touch of the HWS Admissions staff.

Paynter came to HWS after spending the past 20 years at Dickinson College and Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, where he led diversity recruitment initiatives, served as an athletics liaison and coordinated social media and admissions strategies. A sought-after speaker on college admissions as well as motivational topics, Paynter currently serves as the admissions counselor for prospective HWS students from Greater Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania; Montgomery County, Maryland; the District of Columbia; Florida and Tennessee.

Hailing from New Jersey, Paynter is a first-generation college student and graduate of the Federal Trio Programs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kutztown University and master’s from Duquesne University. A diehard college sports fan, Paynter himself played football in college and has also been a high school and club track and field head coach for more than 20 years.