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Departure may mark shift in admission goals at Seattle U
By Nick Perry (Seattle Times higher education reporter)

Michael McKeon, Seattle University's dean of admissions, was recruiting and
networking in Hawaii last month, according to sources familiar with the
situation, when he took a call from the university provost: Drop everything and
return to Seattle.

McKeon, a 14-year veteran at Seattle U. who'd built a national reputation for
opening the doors to poor and minority students, was then abruptly forced out
by the university, according to sources. Associate director Melore Nielsen took
over his duties Sept. 21 pending a national search for a replacement.

Seattle U. has not offered an explanation for McKeon's departure, either to its
own staff or to the public. Both McKeon and Provost Isiaah Crawford declined to
be interviewed for this story.

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