June 20, 2014

University Administrator Wins Prestigious Peggy Clinton Award

Jay Goff
Jay Goff, right, receives the Peggy Clinton Memorial Award during the spring meeting of the Missouri Association of College Admission Counselors. Submitted photo

Jay Goff, vice president for Enrollment Retention and Management, received the Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award from the Missouri Association of College Admission Counselors.

This award recognizes professionals who demonstrate a compassion to students and attention to data, and the MOACAC organization presents the award every year during its annual spring conference.

"The Peggy Clinton Award is a well deserved and a nice recognition for both Jay and Saint Louis University," said Jean Gilman, dean of the Office of Admission. "It demonstrates his career-long devotion to both students and the universities he's served."

Following a national search, Goff was named vice president for Enrollment Retention and Management in May 2011. He oversees the Office of Admission, Student Financial Services, Student Educational Services, International Services and the Office of the Registrar.

Before coming to SLU, Goff served as Missouri University of Science and Technology as its first vice provost and dean of enrollment. Under his tenure, the university experienced an increase in enrollment of 7,206 in 2010 from 4,626 in 2000. The quality of students at Missouri S&T also rose with a record number of students with perfect SAT/ACT scores applying.

At SLU, Goff helped the University to break records for size and quality of its students. The University's most recent incoming class has mean GPA of 3.8 and an average ACT score of 27.6.

About Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,500 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

About the Peggy Clinton Award

Peggy Clinton was an active member of MOACAC and worked during the 60s and 70s for William Woods College. She epitomized the role of the true admission professional and was noted for being detail-focused and caring for the well being of the students with whom she worked.

In 1981, she was stricken by a stroke before a national fair and died soon afterward. In her memory, the Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award was created to honor those admission professionals who exemplify the qualities that made Clinton so well-respected.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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