Alumni Relations and Engagement
Lorri L. Saddler, Ed.D.
As Vice President for Alumni Relations and Engagement and most recently Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Saddler is an experienced higher education administrator with a diverse background that combines a wealth of institutional responsibilities in addition to strategic marketing and program development that spans both the university and corporate realm.
Dr. Saddler is an effective leader with great analytic depth, an eye for the conceivable, proven capacity for advancing forward, and a persistent commitment to educational and organizational goals. She is known for taking programs to exceptional levels of success. And possesses a commitment to and record of demonstrating personal and professional integrity. She is intentional about “stepping from behind the desk” and reaching out to team members, and other internal and external stakeholders moving from influence to impact in her work environment as well as her community.
Dr. Saddler began her career in higher education at Clark Atlanta University as the Assistant Director of Admission for the graduate programs in the School of Business. After leaving a sustainable mark by way of branding for the MBA program, Dr. Saddler transitioned to the position of Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing with responsibility for graduate programs in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Business. Having consistently delivered graduate enrollment in these areas and consistently contributing to the growth of graduate programs, Dr. Saddler was appointed Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions. In this capacity she had the responsibility for leading growth in enrollment across all graduate programs at the university.
Dr. Saddler was then selected to serve as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at Clark Atlanta University. In this role, she provided strategic university-wide leadership on all aspects of undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and admissions, including working with the Academic School Deans, faculty, and others in growing the university’s new student enrollment. Dr. Saddler led the Office of Recruitment and Admissions as the Interim Director for nearly seven months prior to being selected for the permanent position.
Dr. Saddler continued to consistently achieve and surpass new student enrollment targets and was appointed Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission. In this role Dr. Saddler worked with all campus stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic enrollment management plan, as well as improve enrollment and other related services. As the chief admission officer Dr. Saddler served as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, Council of Deans, Council of Chairs, Academic Affairs’ Leadership Team, Provost’s Council and led the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee.
Prior to joining CAU, Dr. Saddler’s well-rounded background combined more than 16 years of corporate experience in strategic marketing and program development in leadership positions with major companies such as Ralston Purina, The Pepsi-Cola Company, Nabisco, and Themed Co-op Promotions Marketing Services Agency. During her time in the corporate sector, she led the introduction and market specific customization of several soft drink and other packaged good products, leveraging relationships developed with local business leaders. In her tenure on the agency side, Dr. Saddler worked with a variety of CPG companies, partnering complimentary brands in a co-promotional effort, to drive penetration at the grocery chain level. These efforts resulted in significant impact on the brands and the markets under her purview.
Dr. Saddler earned her B.B.A. in Hotel Management from Howard University and earned both an MBA with a concentration in Marketing and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Clark Atlanta University. She continues to be an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated after being initiated at the Alpha Chapter at Howard University as an undergraduate student.
She is the proud mother of three beautiful girls; Jaelyn Elaine (CAU c/o 2020), Kylan Nicole and Zionn Lynn and currently resides in Smyrna, GA.