Adam Stoltz, New Director of Admissions

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Adam Stoltz, the new director for the Office of Admissions, started in his new role on June 1. The director position was vacated in October 2014 when Allan Bee retired after 25 years at Chico State. Associate Vice President Barbara Fortin served as interim director of admissions during the search for a new director.

Passion for education began early for Stoltz. Both his father and mother were teachers in a K–12 district in northwest Illinois. Stoltz’s mother was an English teacher; in fact, his mother was his fourth grade teacher. His father held many educational roles: math teacher, principal, coach, athletic director, and superintendent.

Having summers off provided the Stoltz family with opportunities to travel for extended periods of time. Stoltz has traveled to 48 of the U.S. states, which helped develop his sense of adventure and a love of the West.

Stoltz is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, home of the Wildcats and the first co-educational college west of the Mississippi River. There, he earned a degree in arts management and a minor in computer science. He was also involved in extracurricular activities —was a member of Delta Upsilon, worked at the campus radio station, participated in intramurals, was runner up homecoming king, and more—and was awarded scholarships for both academics as well as his talents in baseball and music—he played percussion and was adamant nobody wants to hear him sing.

After working at his alma mater as an admissions counselor for two years, he moPhoto of Mr. and Mrs. Stoltzved to Davenport, Iowa, to pursue a master’s degree. While attending St. Ambrose University, Stoltz was again hired as an admissions counselor.

Stoltz married his wife Sarah while they were both attending St. Ambrose. They graduated together on their first anniversary with Sarah completing a master’s in occupational therapy and Stoltz completing a master’s in organizational leadership and management.

Shortly after graduation, the couple moved to St. Louis so Stoltz could continue his career path in higher education. He worked as a program coordinator and an assistant director while at Saint Louis University in various offices: admissions, enrollment management technology, marketing, and the provost’s office. He also assisted with the university’s branding, web development, and the creation of the “Be a Billiken” campaign.

While at Saint Louis University, Stoltz completed his doctorate in higher education administration and graduated in 2012 with his dissertation focused on U.S. News college rankings.

Also during his time in St. Louis, Stoltz was part of the Guinness World Record for the longest baseball game ever played. The team played 48 hours, 9 minutes, 27 seconds for 133 innings while helping fundraise over $150,000 for the St. Louis Children’s hospital. The final score (for those who are wondering) was 180-144. Stoltz continues to pursue his love for baseball as an academic advisor for the Chico State baseball team. He also held the same advisor roles at Saint Louis University and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Immediately prior to coming to Chico, Stoltz was the associate director at the University of Nevada, Reno, where the campus achieved six years of record enrollment along with the highest test scores, GPAs, and diversity in the university’s history. Stoltz was able to use his research from his dissertation to help with the National Tier 1 campaign that resulted in the university receiving several local and national awards.

photo of Stoltz and daughterThe Stoltz family has expanded in recent years. Stoltz and Sarah are proud parents of 3-year-old John, and a baby girl, Addison, who was born on the same day the offer for the director position at Chico State was made. All in all, a very good day. Sarah now works at Enloe Medical Center as an occupational therapist and the family is settling in nicely to their new home.

Chico was appealing to the family because of the college and family town atmosphere that is located close to a variety of outdoor opportunities. The family has enjoyed the non-humid summer, exploring the farmers markets, swimming at the One Mile, taking walks, and biking the many trails in and around Chico.

Photo of John with Willie the WildcatThe timing of the offer to come to Chico State was serendipitous. During what could have been a tough transition with so many exciting things happening (new baby, new jobs, new home), the Stoltz family’s move was amazingly smooth because of the welcome they received from both the campus and Chico communities. The family is very happy to have come full-circle back to being Wildcats. 

If you haven’t already stopped by, please do so and welcome Stoltz to Chico State.