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Chris Austin

Director of Admissions

As director of admissions, Chris is responsible for activities related to recruitment, admissions, and matriculation of medical students. He manages the admissions office and staff and takes a leadership role in developing the marketing and student recruitment programs, as well as the creation of web and print media related to admissions. 

Chris has been with CMU since 1997 serving in the roles of assistant director of CMU admissions, interim director of Alumni Relations, and most recently associate director of Alumni Relations. He is a CMU alumnus, earning a B.S. in Marketing and Management in 1995 and an MBA in Marketing in 2004. He began his position with the College of Medicine in August of 2012.

Jennifer Paulke

Assistant Director of Admissions

Jennifer joined the College of Medicine from Florida Gulf Coast University where she served as assistant director of graduate studies, a position heavily involved in student recruitment and admissions at the graduate level. As Assistant Director of Admissions, Jennifer is responsible for recruitment and community involvement particularly with the universities, colleges, and school systems in Michigan. She works with the Director and the admissions staff in all aspects of medical student admissions. 

Jennifer received a B.A. in Business Management and an M.A. in Counseling from Cornerstone University. Jennifer is a native of Vestaburg, Michigan. She began her position with the College of Medicine in August of 2012.

"I want every applicant to know that CMED might be his or her best choice even if he/she is accepted to other medical schools with storied legacies. Most schools will offer a quality education, but applicants need to choose the one that provides the curriculum, environment and support that they personally need to accomplish their goals. Every applicant is a unique individual, and they need to choose the school that best fits their unique personality and goals."

Christopher Brown

Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid

Christopher is responsible for administering the scholarship and federal aid programs for students enrolled in the College of Medicine. Christopher comes to the College of Medicine fromthe CMU Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, where he has served as an Assistant Director. Prior to joining CMU, he held various positions in the areas of financial aid and admissions at both Alma College and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. 

He received a B.A.in History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and am M.A. in Educational Administration and Community Leadership from CMU. He began his position with the College of Medicine in October of 2012. 

"I know our incoming students are the future of our college and will make a difference in the medical field. When we are able to help them realize this opportunity, it makes a difference." 



Melissa Bussear

Executive Administrative Assistant

As the administrative clerk, Melissa provides administrative support for the admissions team, coordinates events for the department, and is the first line responder to inquiries from applicants about program requirements and the admissions process. 

Melissa has been with CMU since 2001, most recently with First-Year Experience and the Office of Residence Life where she served as the Coordinator of Administration. She is working to complete her B.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University. She began her position with the College of Medicine in September 2012.

"In a previous job, I had the opportunity to work closely with students who were in a leader role for their peers. It was a rewarding opportunity and helped me realize that I wanted to be in a position where I felt like I was part of a positive change for a person. Our CMED applicants have a lot on the line and are very invested in their career path. It is exciting to be a part of that process."

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