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John Fost

John Frost

Director, Undergraduate Admissions 

Email: john.frost@siu.edu

John Frost, earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, and started his career in television broadcasting before transitioning into higher education. He obtained his master’s degree in organizational performance from Bellevue University, where he served as the community college outreach manager and then the assistant director of regional operations. Frost also earned experience working at Metropolitan Community College and Webster University. At SIU, John oversees recruitment and admissions strategies focused on bringing awareness and assistance to new and transferring students.


Jen Phillips

Jen Phillips

Associate Director, Recruitment

Email: jennifer.phillips@siu.edu

Jen Phillips is a double degree alumni of SIU, earning both her Bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling. Over the course of 20 years, Jen worked in a variety of capacities in private education; serving in positions ranging from direct service, administration, fund-raising, and admissions. Jen returned to her educational roots at SIU in October 2019 where she began with SIU in the position of AD of Freshmen Recruitment. Besides working with young adults in assisting them in their transition to college, Jen really enjoys her position as serving as a team leader of Freshmen Admissions Coordinators. One of Jen's favorite aspects of her job is assisting young professionals to continue to discover, improve, and challenge themselves everyday! Jen's advice for an incoming student is to take advantage of the career development center, as they will be an important resource throughout your entire college journey!


Amanda Sutton

Amanda Sutton

Associate Director, Operations

Email: asutton@siu.edu

Amanda has worked for the Undergraduate Admissions department since 2003 and has held positions in both recruitment and operations. She first came to SIU as a student to study speech communication and decided to stay for a career at the university because she fell in love with the campus and community. Her advice to students is to work and study hard during college, but don’t forget to take some time to have fun too. SIU has a fantastic mix of unique educational experiences and opportunities to enjoy your time as a student.


Josi Rawls

Josi Rawls

Assistant Director, Transfer Relations

Email: josi.rawls@siu.edu

Josi is originally from Carbondale, and has grown up in the community. She is a double degree alum from SIU, with a B.S. in University Studies and an M.S. in Education. As a student worker, graduate assistant, and professional, Josi has worked in many areas of campus, but in 2019 she found her home in Undergraduate Admissions. Josi supports a team of Admissions Coordinators who work primarily with transfer students. Her advice to students is to get involved on campus! SIU has a variety of clubs and organizations, both academic and extracurricular, that help to form a well-balanced college experience.