Mike Drish is the Director of First-Year Admissions at UMass Amherst.
In this role, he is responsible for helping to define the university’s undergraduate recruitment and enrollment goals, as well as seeing that those goals are met. Reporting to Jim Roche, vice provost of enrollment management, Drish leads and sets strategic direction for first-year recruiting staff and oversees daily operations of first-year admissions, including all first-year admissions selection processes.
During his two-decade career in higher education, Drish has held leadership positions at both public and private institutions across the country. They include the University of California Los Angeles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northeastern, Vanderbilt and Purdue universities.
He is an alumnus of two of those schools: Drish earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in education, specializing in organizational leadership, from Vanderbilt. He has held memberships in several professional organizations including the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), New England ACAC, Western ACAC, Western ACAC Inclusion Diversity, Equity, and Access, and the Association of International Education Administrators.