Recruiting underrepresented students at Missouri State University

9:45 - 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2017
PSU 315

From social media campaigns to recruitment councils, get an inside look at how the Missouri State University office of admissions is tackling the recruitment of underrepresented students. Identifying audiences for communications, meaningful and measurable recruitment strategies, as well as collaborations with on-campus and off-campus partners has positioned Missouri State to really push the needle with recruiting more students from underrepresented backgrounds.


Director of Admissions Nechell Bonds

Nechell Bonds

Director of Admissions
Missouri State University

Nechell Bonds is director of admissions at Missouri State University, where she is responsible for developing and implementing recruitment strategies for undergraduate enrollment and retention, as well as establishing a diverse student body. 

Bonds leads a team of professionals dedicated to carrying out undergraduate admissions policy, recruitment activities, application processing and credit evaluation.

Prior to joining Missouri State, Bonds served as director of admissions at Old Dominion University in Norfolk  Virginia, and director of transition and enrollment services at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.

Bonds holds a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University.

Assistant Director of Admission Jimi Sode

Jimi Sode

Assistant Director of Admission
Missouri State University

Jimi Sode began his career in higher education at Pittsburg State University, in southeast Kansas. He served as a diversity specialist for the office of student diversity, creating on-campus and off-campus programming for the university. He later served as a registration specialist for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, and a general education advisor for Cox College in Springfield. He has been serving as the assistant director of admissions for diversity outreach recruitment since February 2016.