Caffrey will become interim director of admissions

Longtime admissions officer Phil Caffrey will step into the interim director position when current admissions director Marc Harding departs to take a position at the University of Pittsburgh in mid-July.  Senior vice president for student affairs Tom Hill appointed Caffrey to the interim position, effective July 16.

Phil Caffrey


"We have a very talented group of staff members in the admissions office," Caffrey said. "I'm confident our team will continue the tremendous momentum that was established under Marc Harding’s leadership."

Caffrey recently completed his 30th year in ISU’s admissions office, where he began as an admissions counselor in June 1982.  Following several years as a recruiter, Caffrey moved into a position overseeing ISU’s freshman recruitment effort.  For the past 15 years, Caffrey has been responsible for operations and policy in the office of admissions.

Caffrey holds two degrees from Iowa State: a B.S. in psychology and M.S. in counselor education.  He has served as co-chair of the university’s Open Option Task Force and member of ISU’s Athletics Compliance Committee, and has received the Regents Award for Staff Excellence and P&S Council’s CYtation Award.

Harding, assistant vice president for enrollment services and director of admissions, joined Iowa State's admissions office in 1997. He will become Pitt's chief enrollment officer, leading the office of admissions and financial aid.