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Albritton to retire after 36 years

May 10, 2012

 

ALBRITTON

KALEB CAUSEY
Staff Reporter

 

After working under two different presidents, helping to bring 11,000 students to Louisiana Tech and seeing multiple changes and improvements, Jan Albritton will be stepping down from her position as director of admissions on June 14.

 

Albritton started working in the office of admissions 36 years ago as a student worker and has held almost every position in the office since. She has been director for 20 years.

 

“It was a really big decision,” Albritton said. “It’s one that you have to think long and hard about, especially when it’s all I’ve done my whole life.”

 

She said the decision did not come easy, and she talked it over with a few important people in her life.

 

“Once I made the decision, I knew it was the right thing to do and I felt good about it,” she said.

 

Joan Edinger, associate director of admissions, has worked with Albritton for 31 years and said she has always been great at her job.

 

“Jan’s focus and her commitment has always been to the students and their families,” Edinger said. “She will be truly missed.”

 

Albritton said she’s had many great opportunities in her time in the admissions office and will miss all of them.

 

“I was very fortunate to serve under two presidents who believed in recruiting,” Albritton said. “They believed that we should always continue recruiting, even when times are tough.”

 

She also said she has met many good friends and students that she still keeps in contact with.

 

“My favorite part is the students that still call and email me to ask how I am,” Albritton said. “This job has been so rewarding to me in that manner.”

 

Kate Perot, communications coordinator for admissions, has worked with Albritton for 12 years and said she considers her to be a close friend.

 

“Her compassion makes this office a pleasant work environment,” Perot said. “The fact that I consider her my friend before I consider her my boss is something I will really miss.”

 

When Albritton first started in admissions, she was a student pursuing an associate’s degree. After she finished with her associate’s, she was hired on full-time in the office and received her bachelor’s degree while working.

 

Albritton said she believes her story can be an inspiration to others to prove someone can manage college and a full-time job.

 

Edinger said Albritton has accomplished great things in her time as director and will always be a true Tech hero in her eyes.

 

Albritton also said another big thing she will miss is helping students and families decide on a university.

 

“I think that being in admissions is the best job on campus,” she said. “You get to communicate with parents and students and change their views on coming to this great university, and that is one of the most rewarding opportunities at this school.”

 

Although the search for her replacement has not begun, Albritton said she is going to enjoy her last few months as director and she knows that whoever replaces her will do a great job in the position.

 

Email comments to ktc013@latech.edu.

 

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