Bruce Poch to Step Down as Pomona College Dean of Admissions
After 23 years of service at Pomona College, Bruce Poch has announced that he will step down from his position as Vice President and Dean of Admissions at the end of his current sabbatical leave.
Poch, who received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and his master’s degree from Harvard University, began his career in admissions at Wesleyan University in Connecticut before coming to Pomona in 1987. In addition to guiding Pomona’s admissions program, Poch mentored hundreds of students over the years, and many of those relationships have continued long after graduation.
The longest-serving dean of admissions in the College’s history, he personally reviewed more than 96,000 applicants and oversaw the enrollment of more than 9,000 Pomona students. During his years leading Pomona’s admissions operations, the College’s applicant pool more than doubled, making Pomona one of the most selective institutions in the nation. The diversity of the student body dramatically increased during that period, and median SAT scores for enrolled four-year students rose to one of the highest of any liberal arts college. At the same time, the College moved from an institution of regional prominence to one of the most highly regarded liberal arts institutions in the country.
Poch also became a frequent and eloquent commentator on college admissions, diversity, and accessibility to higher education nationwide, and was widely quoted in the national media. He is the author of a number of essays on the admissions process which have been published in such publications as Newsweek and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“Bruce has had a remarkable tenure at Pomona,” said President David Oxtoby. “He has worked closely with three presidents and with generations of Pomona students. The College owes him a great debt of gratitude for his extraordinary service. His friends and colleagues here wish him the best in his future endeavors.”