SHU Hires Exec Director of Undergrad Admissions

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University alumna Pam Pillo, who formerly served as executive director of graduate admissions, is returning to Sacred Heart to assume the role of executive director of undergraduate admissions.

With more than 10 years of professional experience in higher education and an extensive student recruitment background, Pillo, a Monroe resident, will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating admissions activities to advance SHU’s mission and enrollment goals.        

As the former interim assistant dean of graduate programs at Fairfield University, Pillo managed  graduate recruitment and operations for the nationally and internationally accredited Charles F. Dolan School of Business.

While at Sacred Heart as executive director of graduate admissions, Pillo welcomed more than 1,000 new students each year and managed the marketing and recruitment process for graduate programs within the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Communication, Media & the Arts and School of Computer Science & Engineering.

Regarding her goals for Sacred Heart, Pillo said, “This is a nationally ranked institution known for educational excellence. Our campus offers state-of-the-art facilities for living and learning, and the spirit of our community is alive with excitement, care and drive. I look forward to sharing the benefits of SHU with prospective students and using my experience in higher education enrollment management to support Sacred Heart during this time of growth.”           

Pillo earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in management of sports industries and a master’s degree in business administration from SHU. She was also a four-year member of the University's women’s tennis team, leading it to the New England Open championship in 2005. After graduating, Pillo did not leave the tennis team behind—she later volunteered as the program's assistant coach.            

Pillo was welcomed back Oct. 7. “I am extremely honored to join the dedicated team of enrollment professionals as we work to welcome new candidates,” she said.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater.