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Interim Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management

Kara Hadley-Shakya


Kara Hadley-Shakya

Ms. Hadley-Shakya has served as the Executive Director of Recruitment and Admissions since joining University of Houston-Clear Lake in July 2019. She brings almost 15 years of innovative admissions and enrollment management experience to the university. She is a proven leader who specializes in successfully mentoring highly functioning teams, developing recruitment plans, and meeting strategic enrollment goals.

Prior to joining UHCL, Ms. Hadley-Shakya served as the Director of Admissions at the University of Northern Iowa. Before that, she was at Eastern Illinois University and served in multiple roles, including Interim Director of Admissions and Associate Director of Admissions. While there, she supervised and developed outreach and recruitment staff and built communication plans for targeted audiences.

Ms. Hadley-Shakya earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from St. Cloud University.