UAMS’ Kristen Sterba, Ph.D., Elected President of Graduate Enrollment Association

By Linda Haymes

Sterba, who previously served as vice president, has begun serving as president. Her term lasts through April 2024.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead this important organization representing both Arkansas and UAMS on a national scope,” Sterba said. “The networking and communicating our members do within our organization helps improve our institutions for faculty, staff and students.”

Formerly the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, NAGAP is a nonprofit, professional organization that focuses on the concerns of those working in the graduate enrollment management environment. The association consists of approximately 1,200 members representing institutions of higher education of all sizes, both public and private.

“We are proud that Dr. Sterba’s NAGAP peers elected her president and congratulate her on the honor,” said Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., UAMS provost and chief strategy officer. “Serving in professional organizations — especially as an elected officer — models academic citizenship that strengthens UAMS as well as the other participants and their organizations.”


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