Randy Tripp Jr.

Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Multicultural Recruitment

Regions: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming
Email: [[randy]]

Who am I?

I am a native of Norfolk and also a 2 time alumnus having received both my BS and M.Ed. from William & Mary. After graduating, I worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office until 2010. I am making my return to the office after a brief time in Maryland and most recently in MBA Admissions at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

Why William & Mary?

William & Mary is a truly transformational place and the people here are very genuine, passionate, friendly, and unique. The benefits of a small liberal arts college and the advantages of a large research university allow W&M to offer so many opportunities for all types of students. William & Mary will challenge you academically and personally which makes it the perfect place for higher learning. Regardless of who you are at the beginning of your W&M journey, you will leave much better than when you arrived. 

What’s with the photo?

I had the privilege to travel extensively for my last position all over the world. Countries I’ve visited have included Brazil, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and a few more. I never traveled outside of the country growing up, so I was extremely grateful for this opportunity. Pretty soon I will need a new passport!

Why Admission?

As a first generation college student, I had to learn a lot about the college admission process from a lot of different people. Working in admissions and knowing that I am helping students learn about the college admission process and helping them make the transition from high school to college really excites me. It is such a rewarding experience to see someone fall in love with W&M during the admission process and even more fulfilling when they graduate a few years later. 

What I do for Admission:

I am the Director of Multicultural Recruitment and also review candidates from the Far West, which includes the states of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North and South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In my capacity of Director of Multicultural Recruitment, I oversee the selection process for our William & Mary Scholar Award and work closely with our colleagues in the Center for Student Diversity and WMSURE. I also assist with the athletic admission process and serve on the Global Recruitment Team.

Fun facts:
  • I’ve admitted the same student to W&M as an undergraduate student and as an MBA candidate- and yes she enrolled both times!
  • I absolutely love Indian food and have been lucky enough to travel to India twice. Namaste!
  • My fantasy football team name is Namaste Mamasa Mamakusa-see what I did there?
  • As a kinesiology major, I worked in a human cadaver lab on campus where I, with  a group of my classmates, dissected and studied four different human bodies as we learnt about human anatomy. Some may think this is weird or creepy, but I thought it was amazing!