LSU SVM names Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment

Jenifer Godfrey

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2020

BATON ROUGE, LA—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that Jenifer Godfrey, JD, has been promoted to assistant dean of admissions and recruitment as of August 1, 2020. Godfrey joined the LSU SVM on April 24, 2017, as director of admissions and enrollment. In addition to overseeing admissions, she teaches a course on ethics and jurisprudence. As assistant dean, Godfrey is responsible for leading all aspects of recruitment, selection, and enrollment of DVM candidates. This involves the execution of short and long term admissions strategies and maintaining a positive team culture for her direct reports and the doctors involved in the SVM admissions process.

Godfrey received her BA in Political Science in 2006 and her JD in 2009, both from West Virginia University. She is a member of both the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association, as well as the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators.

Immediately prior to joining the LSU SVM, Godfrey worked at the Louisiana Community & Technical College System Office in an educational policy role focused on Title IV and Title IX of the Higher Education Act. However, she spent the vast majority of her higher education career working in law school admissions in roles ranging from associate director to assistant dean.

“My top priority is always to ensure that navigating the admissions process is a positive experience for applicants,” said Godfrey. “Because of this, my goals center around ensuring that our process is operated professionally, which to me means it is data-informed, rooted in policy and best practices, and marked by friendly and empathic customer service.”

When asked about a career highlight, Godfrey replied, “One of my former student workers from my law school admissions days is now an assistant dean of enrollment management at a law school. I'm so proud of her! We touch a lot of lives working in higher education, and that is a real honor, in my opinion.”

“I look forward to working with Ms. Godfrey to facilitate the admissions process for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine,” said Joel D. Baines, VMD, PhD, dean. “She comes with unsurpassed energy and state-of-the-art ideas on improving the admissions process for applicants.”

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 32 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.


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