University Director of Admission
Richard P. Alvarez is the University Director of Admission for The City University of New York (CUNY). In that role, he is responsible for the development, implementation and execution of the University’s recruitment program and works closely with the individual CUNY colleges. Prior to this appointment, Richard served as a member of the enrollment management team at Pace University for 14 years. He began his career at Montclair State College (now University) in 1985 as an Admissions Counselor.
During Richard’s tenure at CUNY, he has had a significant impact on the relationship between the University and the NYC public school system, school counselors and elected officials. He has been a consistent advocate for the institution and the nation’s students, lobbying in both Albany and Washington, D.C. He has been involved in creating and maintaining access to higher education for the diverse population of the New York Metropolitan area and has been instrumental in increasing the University’s exposure both nationally and internationally. Richard has been involved in a wide range of professional activities and has provided leadership and expanded professional development for high school and college admission counselors, thereby helping students with the transition to higher education at the local, state and national levels.
Richard is currently serving a three-year term as a Director on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Board of Directors (NACAC). He is a past President of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) and has played an active role in the association since 1998. In addition, he has been a member of several College Board committees including the Middle States Regional SAT Advisory Committee, the NY State Advisory Committee and the NY GEARUP Admissions Action Panel.
Richard is a frequent speaker on the transition to higher education, as a guest at high schools and community panels, at local and national conferences and on television and radio.
Richard earned a B.A. in Communications from Hunter College and an M.S. Ed. in Higher Education from Baruch College.