New Director of Admissions Returns to Home Away from Home
Submitted on August 12, 2019
Recently appointed Director of Admissions, Ticha Chikuni knows what makes Georgetown College so special. After all, he got his professional start as an Area Coordinator at Georgetown more than a decade ago. That time working with students proved vital to his growth both professionally and personally.
“My mentor during that time, Anthony Rupard, used to say ‘there’s no better place to shape young minds than a college’ and that mentality has driven me forward from that time on.”
Originally from Zimbabwe, Ticha’s full first name, Tichaedza, means “we will try,” which seems fitting for how he works and plans to continue Georgetown’s strong recent enrollment numbers. “It’s going to be a team effort. We’re going to be incredibly positive in our approach, and we’re going to be relentless. We’re going to give it a Tiger effort.”
Ticha traveled to the United States from Zimbabwe to study at Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and a Master’s of Business Administration. He is scheduled to complete his Doctoral Degree in Policy Studies in Higher Education in 2021.
Having worked at Georgetown College and in admissions offices, he’s passionate about the student experience, about connecting with students and guiding them through the decision process. But he also understands the big picture, due in large part to his work at Georgetown College in Student Life.
“I worked closely with freshmen during that time, but I loved seeing the process, watching them grow and figure out what they wanted to study, and then seeing their success after graduating.”
His work with Student Life made him even more intimately familiar with iconic Georgetown traditions like Songfest and Hanging of the Green. He even went on a mission trip to Grandfather Mountain with Dr. Bryan Langlands.
He’s also looking forward to working at a College with such a strong history of athletic success. A dedicated runner, sports is how he makes connections with others and unwinds. “I’m competitive,” he says with a wry smile. Ticha’s cheerleaders are his mentors, parents, his wife Stella, and 14 month old daughter Nyla.
With a strong history of working with young people in higher education and an intimate understanding of what makes this College so unique and vital, Ticha is ready for the challenge ahead. “I look forward to it, and I’m so thankful to be back at Georgetown.”