Fourtner receives the Michael Barron Impact Award

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2015-06-12 06:54:52 - General

Holly Fourtner - Director of First-Year Recruitment
Holly Fourtner
Director of First-Year Recruitment

Coe College Director of First-Year Recruitment Holly Fourtner has been recognized in the field of admission by the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling. She is the recipient of the Michael Barron Impact Award for distinguished service to students.

The award is named in honor of Michael Barron, a veteran admission professional who spent the majority of his career as the director of admission for the University of Iowa. He advanced the admission counseling profession and remained dedicated to holding high standards for ethical recruiting with the focal point of recruitment aimed at the well-being of the student.

Fourtner began work as a Coe admission counselor following her graduation from the college in 2005, and she has been promoted several times over the past decade. In her current position, Fourtner is responsible for the training, supervision and motivation of nine other recruiting staff members. As well, Fourtner works with students from Cedar Rapids.

While doing many aspects of her job with skill and passion, Fourtner was especially recognized for putting students first and helping them to achieve their individual goals. Coe students who have been recruited by Fourtner routinely comment on her positive impact on their college decision. As a typical example, these are the comments made by a Coe applicant who was recruited by Fourtner:

"Coe was the first school I visited. From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt at home. But it was Holly Fourtner who got me here. After I finished meeting with her I was 99 percent sure. Holly kept up with me to see how I was. She called and messaged me to see if there was anything else she could do. I felt wanted and needed. When I reached out to Holly with a worry, she assured me that we could make it work. I chose to come to Coe because when I stepped onto the beautiful campus, I could see a future...mine."

Coe Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission Julie Staker affirmed the tremendous impact that Fourtner has had on recruits over the years, resulting in many lifelong friendships with those students and their families.

"We at Coe are proud of Holly for receiving this well-deserved award for recognition of professionalism and dedication in the field of higher education recruiting," said Staker. "The families that work with Holly throughout their college search can trust that she will provide them the best possible service and do so in a memorable way! She is a valued member of the Coe admission team and an example to new professionals."

As a Coe student, Fourtner majored in elementary education with endorsements in reading and social studies. She was actively involved with basketball for four years, culminating with her being named as the Most Valuable Player on the women's basketball team and nomination as a Barron Bremner Outstanding Athlete Award her senior year. Fourtner was also a member of the Homecoming court, and she was involved with many other programs and activities on campus.