NSU Names Lakeisha Mayes Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Norfolk State University has named Lakeisha Mayes, a Hampton Roads native, as its new director of Recruitment and Admissions effective November 7. She brings more than 10 years of admissions experience creating innovative strategies to attract diverse student populations.

Prior to coming to Norfolk State, Mayes served as an early college awareness advisor at the ACCESS College Foundation where she was responsible for implementing early college awareness programs in nine middle schools.  She worked alongside principals and school counselors to ensure that students’ had the tools and necessary information needed to begin their pursuit of a higher education. While at the ACCESS College Foundation, she created and presented a host of informational and interactive workshops to help prepare and provide students access to college.

She also previously served as acting director of undergraduate admissions at Old Dominion University where she presided over the day-to-day activities of the admissions office; provided leadership, management, training and motivation to nearly 40 recruitment and operational admissions personnel; supervised the undergraduate admissions leadership team by establishing goals and providing direction for all units; and implemented a host of enhanced recruitment tools. At ODU, she also served as the director of recruitment, scholarship and events; assistant director of recruitment and scholarships, and a senior admissions counselor.

 Mayes graduated from Norview High School in Norfolk, Va. and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion. Professional recognitions include being named an “Outstanding Young Professional” from the Virginia Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; a “Diversity Champion” by ODU and a “Voice of Distinction” award from Virginia Wesleyan College.  She is a member of the Virginia College Access Network Board of Directors, the ACT State Advisory Committee, the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

She currently resides in Suffolk with her husband, Tony Mayes, and their daughter Anaya.

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