In many ways, an Admissions Recruiter is an ambassador for their college or university, as it’s their job to help the Admissions office make connections with interested students.
For Mackenzie “Mac” Dye, the responsibilities of a Recruiter come easy, as his love for Emmanuel College is evident moments after meeting him.
Originally from Florence, S.C., Mac was made aware of Emmanuel College at an early age, as he grew up in the South Carolina IPHC Conference and would attend summer camp each year at Camp Robinson where Emmanuel College students would serve as worship leaders and camp counselors.
At the start of high school, Mac moved to Gibson, Ga. a small town outside of Augusta where he played football, golf, and tennis.
When it came time to make a college decision, Mac’s mother suggested that he attend Emmanuel College, her alma mater, but Mac had other plans.
“I wanted to go play football,” Mac said. “But I had to come to the realization that no one needed a 5’10” 180-pound lineman. I had to settle on that realization quick and ended up applying to Emmanuel after the last game of my senior year.”
Studying Multimedia Communication, it wasn’t until after he graduated in May 2013 that he began to work for Admissions.
“I was an RA, that’s where I spent my last two years as a student,” Mac said. “It was a lot of fun being able to connect with those guys. I connected with Admissions though a few weeks before graduating. I met Ms. Wendy Vinson and Ms. Kay Clifton out on the quad and we got to talking. I told them I felt like my time wasn’t done here and that I wanted to stay in the area.”
A few weeks later, Mac received an email from Ms. Vinson asking him to come interview for a Recruiter position. His wish had been granted.
Mac started working for EC on July 15th, 2013.
As a recruiter, Mac is on the road sometimes up to five days a week going to local high schools, meeting with guidance counselors, pastors, and churches, sharing Emmanuel’s mission and vision and what the college has to offer.
“I talk about why I feel Emmanuel is a good fit for students,” Mac said. “That’s the main focus and then I go back to the office and follow up with these kids through phone calls, text messages, staying up to date with them and really becoming a part of their life.”
With his recruiting area covering all of South Carolina and Western North Carolina, Mac has been able to make countless connections with prospective students, pastors, and guidance counselors.
What is his message to students when communicating about EC?
“The idea that you can get where you’re wanting to go from here,” Mac said. “Not only that but you can do it in an environment where the community is trying to help you succeed. Every step of the way there will be someone alongside of you to help you, no matter what it is.”
As an example of the uniqueness of EC, Mac recalled his first day on campus as a lost freshman with no idea how to find his next class.
“Dr. (Bruce) Scranton just happened to be walking in the same direction and volunteered to show me where I needed to go. That’s what stands out to me about EC. Mr. (Clint) Ross, my Media Production professor, he worked with me on my senior project from 3p.m. to 6a.m. the next morning. It’s the commitment and dedication you see from professors and the staff at EC, they’re here for you every step of the way.”
For Mac, his favorite part of his job is seeing the students that he works hard to recruit choose Emmanuel.
“That’s a great feeling because you see that same passion and desire in them that you see in yourself to succeed and know that this is the place for them,” Mac said. “It’s an overwhelming feeling when that happens. Those are the students that I know they’re going to do well and succeed here because they get it.”
Mac is one of the more interactive staff members on campus as he is still actively involved in intramurals on campus as the Captain of the Spartans.
When he’s not on the road or on the intramural field, Mac is completing his Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership through Liberty University.
“One person I’d like to compare myself to is Dr. Mark Rutland, an organizational change specialist,” Mac said. “I would love to help organizations turn around. My goal is to one day do a Ted Talk and be a speaker at a Catalyst Conference. I’ve had this desire for leadership since attending a Catalyst Conference in my senior year, and it’s been phenomenal.”
Mac has noticed a change at Emmanuel in the last few years, and not just from an Admissions perspective where EC’s boasted record enrollment numbers two years in a row.
“I’ve noticed a closer connection on the faculty and staff side and I’ve seen that trickle down to becoming more of a community for the students,” Mac said.
Mac relishes in the opportunity to share the Emmanuel story with prospective students and families. You can tell from his genuine approach that there’s nothing else he’d rather do.