The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Executive Director, Annie Reznik. Annie has been an ardent supporter of student success in college for over ten years. She will be leading an organization serving an unprecedented Coalition of diverse public and private colleges and universities committed to improving the process of preparing for and applying to college. Coalition schools hope to create a stronger college-going mindset among students of all backgrounds, especially those from low-income families or underrepresented groups that historically have had less access to the best colleges and universities.
Annie Reznik has leadership experience in both college admissions and college counseling. She began her career as an admissions counselor at the University of Maryland and quickly advanced to a supervisory role, directing the freshman review process for over 25,000 applications annually, chairing the admission committee, and supervising a staff of admission counselors. Annie’s experience at a flagship public institution will prove indispensable in her work with this important group of Coalition member institutions. At Maryland she engaged in numerous access-related projects, including leading a race-blind admission study, chairing the planning committee for the College Access Conference, and collaborating with campus TRIO programs. Establishing accessible pathways for students from lower resourced backgrounds was at the heart of Annie’s work, and we look forward to her leveraging those talents and skills for all of our members. She is well equipped to provide new leadership for the Coalition’s member schools in our joint access activities for students and families and is deeply passionate about this important work. Annie has also served in college counseling leadership roles in secondary schools, most recently at Moses Brown School (Providence, RI). Her experience as a student-centered college counselor and English teacher will bring a valuable perspective to the Coalition’s vision and direction.
Annie Reznik grew up on college campuses throughout the country as the daughter of a college football coach. She funded her own college education at Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA), where her father began the football program. Annie has a loving husband, Thomas, and four wonderful children (Caroline, Anthony, Catherine, and Grace). As Barbara Gill, Associate Vice President for Enrollment at the University of Maryland, shared, "I've had the privilege to work with Annie. She is one of the most thoughtful, caring and committed people in our profession and we are so fortunate to have her lead our efforts."