New College Names Joy Hamm as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Published on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by David Gulliver

New College of Florida has named Joy Hamm of Armstrong State University in Georgia as its next dean of admissions and financial aid.

Hamm is an experienced higher education administrator. She currently serves as associate vice president of enrollment services at Armstrong State, a 7,000-student institution in Savannah. Previously, she oversaw admissions and financial aid as dean of student services for nearly four years at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Alabama.

“We are excited to have Joy Hamm joining New College to lead our admissions process,” said New College President Don O’Shea. “She has demonstrated energy and innovation at every stage of her career, and that experience will serve us well in recruiting and educating outstanding students.”

At Armstrong State, Hamm oversaw 40 employees, worked with the university’s research office to build a predictive model for student recruitment, and developed a system to better leverage scholarship funds. At Chattahoochee Valley, she worked with the marketing office to improve promotional materials, and revamped special events for prospective and new students.

“I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to join the New College team and am eager to return to a small, liberal arts campus at this point in my career,” Hamm said.

Hamm has a doctorate in education from Georgia Southern University, a master’s degree in counselor education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Lenoir-Rhyme University. She begins work at New College July 2.

New College’s current dean of enrollment services and information technology, Kathleen Killion, is retiring June 2 after 27 years of service. Sonia Wu will serve as interim dean of admissions and financial aid until July 2.  Wu currently serves as associate dean and director of admissions, chairs the New College Admissions Committee and supervises the financial aid team. She began work at New College in 1989 and has served as associate dean since 2009.