Meet the Admissions Team
Our team of professionals are available throughout the entire admissions process to
answer any questions you may have. We are involved with all aspects of the recruitment
process, from visiting your high school to reviewing your application for a timely
decision. We also serve as liaisons to academic departments, student financial services,
athletics and more! Our goal is to ensure that you have the best experience possible!
Undergraduate Admissions Office:
314 Becht Hall
GPS address: 909 E. Wood St., Clarion, Pa. 16214
Mailing address: 840 Wood St., Clarion, Pa. 16214
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Phone: 814 393 2306
800 672 7171, ext.1
Fax: 814 393 2030
Merrilyn Dunlap '93
Interim Director of Admissions
Territory: Northwestern PA (Clarion, Venango, Crawford, Centre, Erie, and McKean counties).
Hometown: Clarence, PA
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, especially at the beach. I enjoy reading and being outdoors, as well.
Favorite thing about Clarion University: I love the people at Clarion University and in the Clarion area. It is a great family to be a part of!
Dana Bearer, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Transfer, Adult and Graduate Admissions
Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA
Hobbies: Golf, gardening, antique shopping and spectating collegiate athletic events.
Favorite thing about Clarion University: The positive outlook for the future.
Diane (Benn) Kahle '92
Assistant Director of Admissions/Transfer Counselor
Hometown: DuBois, PA
Territory: Butler, Clearfield, Columbia, Elk, and Jefferson Counties and PA community colleges throughout the state.
Hobbies: Overseas travel, reading sci-fi and murder mysteries, beach vacations, spending time with family and friends.
Favorite thing about Clarion University: I love the close knit, family atmosphere on campus.
Diane is a 9 month employee and will be out of the office May 13, 2016 through Aug. 15, 2016.
Carrie (Lopuh) Thompson '02 & '12
Assistant Director of Admissions
Hometown: Mercer, PA
Territory: Mercer and Lawrence counties.
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and kids, singing and playing the piano.
Favorite thing about Clarion University: I loved the hands on experience that I had through the Communication program, and the time that the faculty spent with me. It was great being a name and not a number in the class.
Lacy Nettleton '13
Assistant Director of Admissions
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Territory: Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and York counties as well as Ohio.
Hobbies: Going for runs in Cook Forest, kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, pretty much anything outdoors!
Favorite thing about Clarion University: How much Clarion feels like home.
Isaac Leonard '11
Hometown: Bensalem, PA
Territory: Eastern PA (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Franklin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties), New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Anything involving music, traveling and football, especially the Philadelphia Eagles!
Favorite thing about Clarion University: The family of friends that I made at Clarion.
Jarrett Coleman Boxley '16
Hometown: New Kensington, PA
Territory: Allegheny, Armstrong, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Franklin, Lycoming, Mercer, Tioga, and Westmoreland.
Hobbies: Attending my home church, basketball, traveling, camping, and cooking. I also enjoy listening to music and spending time with my family and friends.
Favorite thing about Clarion University: The people! My undergraduate degree at Clarion caused me to burst out of my shell and form friendships that are substantial, valuable, and lasting. Definitely a university with a warm, family environment.
Director of Scholarships
Hometown: Indiana, PA
Hobbies: Traveling, biking and collecting HO Scale Model Trains.
Favorite thing about Clarion: Clarion is a great college town with many things to do in the area and on campus.