Adrienne Amador Oddi Joins Queens
Queens University of Charlotte Names Adrienne Amador Oddi as Vice President of Strategic Enrollment and Communications
Queens University of Charlotte has named a nationally recognized expert in college access and enrollment to lead its admissions and marketing efforts. Adrienne Amador Oddi, previously the dean of admission and financial aid at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, will serve as vice president of strategic enrollment and communications starting August 1, 2021.
Before Trinity College, Oddi held admissions roles at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia; the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
"Adrienne is an exceptional leader in higher education enrollment, with a true passion for access and inclusion," said Queens President Dan Lugo. "In addition to the wealth of expertise she brings from her professional experiences, Adrienne comes to us with a national reputation for making outstanding contributions in her field. From her publications and credits as a national speaker to her passion for student success, Adrienne's expertise could not have come at a more pivotal time for Queens."
Oddi has more than 12 years of higher education experience in enrollment management and financial aid, as well as diversity advocacy and university brand development. At Queens, she will lead teams responsible for undergraduate admissions, financial aid, creative services, digital media, communication, and marketing.
"The service-oriented mission at Queens was a major draw for me," Oddi said. "Queens' educational opportunities, coupled with its location in a major city, create a space for students to put their education into action. Our liberal arts core builds a strong foundation for innovation and facilitates conversations across disciplines and perspectives."
Her previous experience also includes co-chairing an Inclusive Practices Committee for the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) and serving as a presenter and keynote speaker for several regional and national associations including the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), the College Board Forum and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) among others.
Oddi is thrilled to be joining a university known for developing star student athletes. The avid swimmer is a seven-time NCAA All-American, a two-time NCAA Academic All-American and the winner of three NCAA DIII Team Championships. She sustained her passion by giving back as a volunteer assistant swim coach at the University of Rochester and Kenyon College and served as head swim coach for Mount Vernon City Schools in Ohio. Oddi also enjoys hiking and cycling.
"My husband Henry and I met riding bicycles, so we are a one-car, six-bicycle family," she says. "The steady and sustained pace required in distance swimming and cycling is how I live my life."
Oddi believes her role at Queens will allow her to apply a similar discipline by "growing and maintaining a steady and sustained pace of attracting, retaining and graduating talented and diverse students ready to lead a better tomorrow."
"I believe in the power of education in building community," she said. "I'm delighted to join a university committed to serving the greater good and excited to deepen our relationship with Charlotte while also expanding our reach nationally."
Raised in Woodstock, Georgia, Oddi earned an M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership with a focus on Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Mathematics and a concentration in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies from Kenyon College.