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Jefferson Hills Resident Appointed DU Graduate Admissions Director

Duquesne University has appointed Todd Eicker to the newly created position of graduate admissions director, effective Aug. 22. Eicker, who brings more than 14 years of experience in higher education to the job, most recently managed admissions at Penn State University’s York campus.


According to Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management, Eicker’s appointment is an important step toward realizing Duquesne’s strategic goal of enhancing graduate recruitment and enrollment.

“Graduate and professional students play key roles in the University’s academic life, and in many ways they are central to our mission and a critical part of the Duquesne brand,” Cukanna said.

Eicker’s role will complement the ongoing work of the Enrollment Management Group (EMG), a team of faculty and staff from across campus that focuses on attracting and enrolling graduate students.

“Todd brings the tools and experience we need to help us coordinate the efforts of the EMG with academic affairs, student life, management and business, enrollment research and systems, and other functions, which will ensure that we have the financial support and staff alignment to attract the best possible students,” Cukanna added.

Though streamlining recruitment and enrollment can be beneficial, Cukanna pointed out that it is also necessary for aspects of the process to remain decentralized, with each of the University’s 10 schools of study maintaining its own admission requirements and procedures, for example.

Eicker agreed that improvements in selected aspects of the graduate admissions process would be broadly beneficial.

“We can develop clear, compelling messages about graduate study at Duquesne without taking away from the individual school’s identities,” Eicker said. “Also, by unifying and centralizing selected procedures, we can provide better service to prospective students and help them form a lasting, favorable impression of Duquesne.”

Eicker is a resident of Jefferson Hills.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.