My UMR with Brett Hartnagel - Director of Admissions

Authored By: Mamisoa Knutson 11/15/2019

Brett HartnagelHow did you hear about UMR/What brought you to UMR?
I was looking for jobs, specifically, director of admissions roles and UMR was one of the few places that I applied to and interviewed for nationally. UMR was the school and Rochester was the city I was most excited about and luckily UMR felt positive about me as well. 

What is your role at UMR?
I am the Director of Admissions. I oversee our Admissions Team of recruiters and student assistants. 

What is one interesting fact about you that you want others to know about you?
Rochester is the 6th city in the 5th state that I've lived in. I was born in Boston and have lived in Cleveland, Tampa, Miami and Atlanta. The moves to Miami, Atlanta and Rochester were all on my own so I'm used to big moves, big changes, different cities with different vibes and cultures. 

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Travel. I would love to see all parts of the world. I've been fortunate enough to visit most of the US and Europe. 

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
I've been working in admissions since I was 15. I love how fun of an office it can be. You get to travel to new places to recruit students, host events on campus and can be creative in how we deliver UMR's story to the public. The best part is every year we interact with a new group of students who are filled with emotions about the college-going process. It's wonderful to work with them and be the person that says yes to their dream school.

What advice do you have for UMR students during their time here?
My biggest piece of advice is to be aggressive. There are so many opportunities in Rochester but students have to be the ones to go for them. You may be rejected and some may put you outside your comfort zone but that's why it is good to do it now because UMR will support you throughout the process.