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Dean Watts C'80 Receives Distinguished Career Award

Katherine Knapp Watts, member of the Class of 1980 and the dean of admissions and financial aid at Salem, received the annual Distinguished Career Award during Reunion Weekend 2010. Watts, who grew up in Lexington, VA, graduated summa cum laude from Salem with a bachelors degree in American studies and...

Katherine Knapp Watts, member of the Class of 1980 and the dean of admissions and financial aid at Salem, received the annual Distinguished Career Award during Reunion Weekend 2010.

Watts, who grew up in Lexington, VA, graduated summa cum laude from Salem with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and economics. She earned her MALS from Wake Forest University in 2003.

After graduating from Salem, Watts joined the admissions team for the College. In 1983 she left Salem to become assistant director of admissions at UNC Greensboro, where she served on multiple committees and was active in CACRAO, the professional admissions organization. She returned to Salem in 1992 as director of admissions, a post she held for 10 years.

Over the course of her career, Watts has held other positions at Salem – director of service learning in 2002-2003, director of board relations 2003-2005 and director of development from 2005-2007.

Watts returned to Salem as dean of admissions and financial aid in May of 2007, the position she now holds. Since then, the admissions numbers at Salem have seen steady increases, with a 35 percent increase in domestic enrollment in 2008, to a 30 percent increase of first-year applications in 2009.

Watts is married to Joe Watts and is the mother of four children, Jack, Lee, Nell and Anna Katherine.