The University of Notre Dame has appointed Christy Pratt to the position of director of admissions.
Pratt, a longtime enrollment manager and admissions leader, has been appointed director of admissions at the University of Notre Dame, effective July 8. She will succeed Bob Mundy, who will retire after a 36-year career at Notre Dame.
“Bob Mundy has provided Notre Dame with a deep sense of wisdom and thoughtful caring in his 36-year career. Bob’s stature in the national community of admissions leaders and high school counselors has represented exactly the type of intelligent, thorough and spiritual approach that matches the University mission,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions
Bishop added, “To many, Bob reflects the best of what is thought of about Notre Dame. At the University many offices and leaders have relied on Bob for his wisdom and thoroughness on all matters relating to admission. He will be missed for his professionalism, openness, collegiality and most of all for his innate goodness. Everyone at Notre Dame who has interacted with Bob over the years admires him. He is one of the most respected department leaders in the history of the University. He has also been an inspiration, friend, counselor and mentor to so many students.”
Mundy will assist Pratt with her onboarding to the Notre Dame Enrollment Division and South Bend community before he departs in August.
Pratt comes to Notre Dame from the University of Virginia, where she was a senior associate dean for undergraduate admissions. There, she played a pivotal role in achieving UVA’s admissions and recruitment goals while increasing the academic and diversity profile of the first-year and transfer classes. Pratt serves on national and regional councils for The College Board and other professional organizations such as QuestBridge and Posse and is often a featured presenter at national enrollment management conferences and events. Pratt’s 18 years of experience in higher education brings new perspectives to the undergraduate enrollment office.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University, Pratt was granted a master’s degree from Hood College. She held roles in college admissions offices at Hood College, Frederick Community College and East Carolina University before her position at UVA.
“Christy Pratt has established a great national presence of leadership in the field of highly selective university admissions. She is a dedicated professional who cares about students, assisting them to make informed and personally inspired choices. That sense of caring balanced with her reputation as an organizational management leader has benefited her past institutions,” said Bishop.
He continued, “We are excited to have Christy join our community and look forward to working with her as we find, select and enroll students who understand the special nature of Notre Dame as both a top academic institution as well as a place where personal formation and servant leadership is championed. Christy appreciates that Notre Dame is different, and we look forward to how she will help us make a difference in the lives of the students we seek to cultivate.”
Pratt stated, “I am honored to be selected as the next director of admissions for Notre Dame. Notre Dame’s commitment to faith and service along with a world-renowned education is a powerful combination for our students. The opportunities presented for students at Notre Dame simply do not exist at other institutions and are part of what makes Notre Dame unique. I am excited to work with such a talented admissions staff and alumni network to enroll the next generation of students. We will build upon the outstanding foundation that my friend and colleague Bob Mundy has achieved over his career.”
Pratt’s husband, along with their two golden retrievers, will be joining Pratt as she joins the Notre Dame family and community in South Bend.