Leadership

The Enrollment Division senior leadership team is comprised of the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment and ten directors. In addition to managing the daily operations, the team is responsible for the strategic vision and planning for the division in support of the University’s mission of becoming a preeminent research university with a distinctive Catholic mission and an unsurpassed undergraduate education.

Don Bishop

Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Enrollment

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Don Bishop is the senior University administrator responsible for Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Pre-College and Early Outreach programs.

He started his career in admissions at Notre Dame in 1977 and left in 1985 to take on the senior enrollment leadership roles at Ohio Wesleyan University, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Creighton University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Between these university positions he also gained a perspective on corporate America when he served as the vice president for senior officer employments at a multi-billion dollar corporation.

Don has focused his research on attributes that predict success in academic achievement and corporate/community leadership. He redesigned Notre Dame’s selection process in the 1980s and upon his return in 2010, updated the University’s recruitment and selection model. His favorite quote is: “I use numbers to prove numbers are too often overused…and I have the numbers to prove that.”

Don earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Notre Dame. He is also a former member of the board of directors for the Notre Dame Alumni Association. 

Tom Bear 

Senior Director, Enrollment Management 

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Dr. Tom Bear leads financial aid and student accounts for the division. Under his leadership, he oversees the effective uses of scholarship and programming designed to attract admitted students. Tom also manages strategic planning for the division.

Prior to his current post, Tom was vice president for enrollment services at the University of Evansville. His responsibilities included all enrollment management functions as well as heading the strategic planning process for the entire university.

Tom earned his doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University. He serves on the American College Testing Educational Advisory Board and has 17 published papers or professional presentations on topics including financial aid, recruitment, marketing, retention, institutional research, and other enrollment areas of interest. 

Sue Brandt

Director, CRM Systems Program

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Sue Brandt manages all operational data and technical needs for all units within the division. She is responsible for enhancing business processes in order to strengthen customer service and operational efficiency. 

Sue graduated from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and joined the Office of Financial Aid in 1987 as a financial aid counselor with oversight of the student employment program. In 2004, she joined the Banner Implementation Team with responsibility for the successful implementation of both the Financial Aid and Student Employment administrative systems. 

Sue serves on the Student Guidance Counsel, which provides counsel in prioritizing new technology projects along with serving on the Social Security Remediation Team and is the division lead on the University’s data governance project.

Charlie Castline

Director, Shared Services 

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Charlie Castline manages all operational data and technical needs for all units within the division. He is responsible for enhancing business.

Charlie graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and majored in Economics and Computer Application. After three years working in the banking industry in Chicago, Charlie returned to Notre Dame as an Assistant Director in Student Accounts.processes in order to strengthen customer service and operational efficiency.

While in this role, he pursued and received a masters in business administration from Indiana University South Bend.  He was awarded MBA Student of the Year in 2014 and also accepted the invitation to join the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Paulette Curtis 

Faculty Director, Undergraduate and Pre-College Academic Programs and the AnBryce Scholarship Initiative

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Dr. Paulette Curtis is responsible for the vision and management of the Summer Scholars and Leadership Seminars for talented high school students, from developing tracks to working with faculty and staff on the academic and related aspects of the programs. As the director of the AnBryce Scholarship Initiative, she is responsible for building and managing all aspects of this new initiative, which serves first-generation students. She is also a concurrent instructor in anthropology in the College of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Curtis joined the University in 2009 from Harvard University, where she served as the Dean of Dunster House, the residence for 400 Harvard upperclassmen, and was also a lecturer in the anthropology department. She received both her bachelor’s degree and her doctorate from Harvard University. 

Rev. Steve Kempinger, C.S.C. 

Admissions Special Projects Assistant

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Fr. Steve's responsibilities are to undertake special projects that are focused on identifying, communicating with, recruiting, and enrolling high-talent Catholic students. Fr. Steve’s background is in primary and secondary education. He taught at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, IL, was principal at Christ the King School in South Bend, IN, and was superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Non-Public Education Association and as a consultant for the National Catholic Education Association presenting workshops on school finance. Fr. Steve is on the faculty at Moreau Seminary at Notre Dame, serving as assistant superior and director of the Postulant Program.

Fr. Steve graduated with a B.S. from Notre Dame in PreProfessional Studies. He also holds an M.Ed. from Loyola University Chicago and an M.Div. from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.

Joyce Lantz

Director, Recruitment and Communications

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Joyce Lantz manages the division’s expanded efforts to identify a larger pool of the most talented prospects and is leading the efforts of developing communications that will cultivate a greater interest in Notre Dame among these highly valued cohorts.  She also leads the team that is developing strategies for increasing the direct recruitment of best prospects beginning in their sophomore year of high school.

Joyce has over 15 years of higher education experience, including admissions and marketing positions.  Prior to Notre Dame, Joyce was the director of admissions at Valparaiso University and an associate director of admissions at Saint Mary's College.  She has also served on the executive board of the Indiana ACAC.  Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration.

Brian Lohr

Director, Admissions Operations and Management

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Brian Lohr directs the programs and admissions staff that recruits and selects the first-year class.  He is also responsible for staff training and mentoring. Brian previously served as the director of MBA Admissions at Notre Dame since 2005, after having worked as the assistant director, associate director and senior associate director for MBA Admissions. Prior to his work at Notre Dame, Lohr was the director of enrollment for St. Meinrad College Seminary, where his responsibilities included the recruitment of priesthood candidates. He has also held corporate positions at Lockheed-Martin and Datcon Instrument Company.

Brian earned a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College and master’s in administration from the Mendoza College of Business.

Paul Mueller 

Director, Division Research

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Dr. Paul Mueller manages all research oriented towards designing more productive and active recruitment and yield activities, including research on financial aid and merit awards, as well as assessments on current and future recruitment opportunities. He also leads research on the selection process and is involved in developing the division’s strategic plan.  Paul is also a concurrent assistant professor of political science.

Prior to joining the Enrollment Division, Paul served in the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research at Notre Dame. He also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading consulting firm. Paul has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College. He earned both his master’s degree in government and international relations and his doctorate in political science from the University of Notre Dame. 


Bob Mundy

Director, Admissions

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Bob Mundy leads the recruitment, application, and admissions processes for all Notre Dame undergraduates. He oversees admissions and administrative staff that support both the domestic and international student recruitment efforts on behalf of the University. Under his tenure, undergraduate admissions have experienced improvements in academic and non-academic quality, diversity enrollment, and maintenance of alumni children enrollment.

Bob started his career in Admissions at Notre Dame as a regional counselor and has remained in Admissions at Notre Dame for his entire career. He received his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame with a secondary education certification from Saint Mary’s College. Bob also earned his master’s degree in government and international studies at Notre Dame. 

Mary Nucciarone

Director, Financial Aid

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Mary Nucciarone is responsible for recommending and implementing policies and procedures in the administration, oversight, and distribution of federal, state, and institutional financial aid funds.  She manages all operations related to the Office of Financial Aid including supporting the administration of the University’s undergraduate scholarships, student employment and public relations matters.

She is involved in strategic planning of how to create optimal results from the use of aid. In addition, she serves as a primary financial aid liaison to University’s colleges and departments serving undergraduate and graduate students.

Mary began her financial aid career at Saint Mary’s College after receiving her degree from Marquette University. She is currently a trustee of the College Board, chair of the College Board Colloquium Planning Committee, member of the College Board Task Force on Reauthorization, and a board member of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County.

Gene Pilawski

Director, Student Accounts

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Gene Pilawski manages the administration and operations of the Office of Student Accounts. He oversees all transactions including the issuing of monthly student account statements along with processing payments, refunds, and charges.

Shortly after receiving his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1989, he was hired as a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid.  While serving as a counselor, Gene pursued and received a masters of nonprofit administration degree from Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude in 1999.  Approximately three years ago, Gene expanded his service to the Office of Student Financial Services by moving from Financial Aid to oversee the Office of Student Accounts.

Gene received his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 1989 and earned his master’s of science in administration from Notre Dame in 1999. 

Rev. Doug Smith, C.S.C.

Director, Finance and Operations 

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Fr. Doug Smith’s primary duties include managing the finances and budget for the division, in addition to operations and staff development.

Fr. Doug earned his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 1971 and two master’s degrees from Notre Dame, a master’s of theology in 1975, and a master’s of business administration in 1982.  He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1976. Before returning to Notre Dame in 2007, he was a chaplain in the U.S. Navy and held the rank of commander with 15 years of service. Fr. Doug was selected to attend the Naval War College in 2001, earning a third master’s degree in national security and strategic studies.