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Loyola Marymount’s Director of Transfer Enrollment receives prestigious ‘Rising Star’ award

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The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students awarded Thomas A. Gutto with the prestigious Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award (Rising Star category) at its 14th annual conference in Atlanta, for his exceptional work as the Director of Transfer Enrollment Services at Loyola Marymount University.

“To be recognized by NISTS with the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Rising Star Award is a tremendous personal and professional honor,” Gutto said.
“Dr. Jacobs’ incredible vision and advocacy for transfer students is a model I work hard to emulate on a daily basis. I feel blessed to work for Loyola Marymount University, where transfer students enhance the quality of the educational experience for all, and where I have been allowed to pursue pathways for transfer student success – wherever they lead.”

Under Gutto’s tremendous leadership and advocacy, LMU has seen its transfer population steadily rise in recent years, due in large part to the many initiatives he has spearheaded, including improved processes for transfer admission, financial aid and scheduling.

“The growth of our transfer program is a testament to Tom’s dedication and leadership,” said Joseph Hellige, LMU’s Executive Vice President and Provost. “He is leading our effort to attract a large, talented, and diverse population of transfer students from more than 100 different two- and four-year colleges and universities.”

LMU’s Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Maureen Weatherall, echoes Hellige’s sentiment, adding:

“Tom has championed the transfer-student experience and has been a stalwart proponent for transfer-specific policies that we believe set LMU apart.”

Gutto also serves as the institutional liaison to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, providing access and options to potential transfer students in different parts of the country.

He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Counseling from LMU. For his graduate capstone project he developed a thorough and impressive guide for transferring to private universities entitled, “Transferring to Private and Out of State Colleges and Universities: Finding the Perfect Fit.” It strives to demystify the private institution transfer process and carves a clear path for access to schools that previously seemed out of reach to many students. The guide is currently used by several community colleges.