Tony Bankston Bob Murray

Tony Bankston

Bob Murray

Bankston, Murray Appointed to New Positions in Admissions

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Two veteran members of Illinois Wesleyan’s admissions staff have been appointed to new leadership roles in the University’s Office of Admissions.

Tony Bankston, associate dean of admissions, has been named acting dean of admissions while Bob Murray, associate dean of admissions, has been named acting dean of enrollment management.

Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson announced the appointments on Wednesday (October 19).

Jerry Pope, dean of admissions since 2003, announced his resignation from that post on October 12.

“I am grateful that Tony and Bob have agreed to step into these critical positions. It is gratifying that the University is able to turn to such seasoned admissions professionals to provide leadership and continuity,” said Wilson. “I am confident that they will lead our very talented admissions staff to another successful recruiting year.”

Bankston graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1991 as an English and history double major and began working as an admission counselor in July 1992. At Illinois Wesleyan, he competed in varsity soccer, and he coached both the men's and women's soccer teams from 1994-1999.

Murray, a 1982 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan, majored in business administration and began working for the Office of Admission immediately following graduation. Murray is currently serving his third term as a member of the Executive Board of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). He is serving a three-year term as a national delegate to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).