Airplanes and Admissions

Marvin Loiseau, Dean of Recruitment
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, MA

When I was 8 years old, I dreamed of becoming an airline commercial pilot. I loved the concept of a twin-engine jet producing enough power to propel a tube-like “bus” from the ground into the air and fly across the world. So when it became time to look at colleges, I looked for those that offered a degree in aviation. After looking at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Vaughn College, and Daniel Webster College, I realized that the cost of pursuing this degree was not going to be realistic for my parents. So I decided to look into business programs and human resources because my mother worked in human resources and loved it.

Choosing a college was a tough process because of my low SAT scores. I ended up enrolling at Mount Ida College in Newton MA and after my first year, I was nominated to become an orientation leader by one of my faculty members. Part of being an orientation leader, required giving tours to the new incoming class. Being a tour guide fueled my new passion. I began to volunteer in admissions for as many tours as possible. I loved the fact that I was able to show prospective students the place that I had grown to love and get them excited about enrolling at the college. The dean of admissions noticed this and I was eventually offered a position as an admissions assistant in exchange for tuition remission. That meant that I worked full time while going to school full time. The position allowed me to learn data entry and how the admissions process worked. I was hooked. In addition to working in admissions, I was an orientation leader, campus activities board member, treasurer of the student government association, and a Resident Assistant. I realized that a career in higher education would be a great fit and decided it would be better to be a passenger on a plane rather than a Captain of one. After graduating, I got a full time job in admissions at my alma mater.

Eager to learn more about this industry, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in higher education administration from Suffolk University. Ten years later I enrolled in the doctor of education program at Northeastern University where I recently defended my thesis. Seventeen (17) years later I am still in college admissions having worked at several different colleges. Currently, I am the Dean of Recruitment at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, MA and oversee both admissions and financial aid office. We serve a population that is low-income and underserved. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I am in a position where I can change people’s lives for the better and help contribute to a society that requires an education to be successful.