Schwarzman Scholars Names Cordel Faulk Director of Global Admissions

April 13, 2020

New York and Beijing, April 13, 2020 – Schwarzman Scholars today announced that Cordel Faulk has been appointed Director of Global Admissions at Schwarzman Scholars, a highly selective Master’s program focused on leadership, China and Global Affairs. As Director of Global Admissions, Cordel will work closely with the Admissions teams both in New York and Beijing on the strategy and execution of a highly competitive selection process, designed to identify next-generation leaders who will serve to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.

“We are excited to welcome Cordel to Schwarzman Scholars,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars. “He is greatly experienced and highly accomplished in the world of admissions, and an excellent fit for Schwarzman Scholars. We look forward to recruiting future cohorts of Scholars with Cordel leading our efforts globally.”

Inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. The College is preparing to welcome its fifth cohort of Scholars from around the world.

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Cordel to head our global recruitments efforts as we prepare to launch our application for the sixth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars. “I look forward to working closely with him as he spearheads our new admissions initiatives, outreach and selection process for future years.”

Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Cordel served as Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer at the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition, Cordel was an Advisor to former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder, as well as a part-time columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch and an Adjunct Professor in the University Honors Program at Virginia Tech. Cordel also served as the Director of Communications, Media, and Research at the Center for Politics. Cordel earned his Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the Leader’s Network Council for the Ron Brown Scholar Program, a scholarship and leadership program designed to assist young African Americans of outstanding promise and limited means.

“As a well-established admissions professional with a stellar reputation, Cordel will be an invaluable asset for the global admissions team,” said Wyatt Bruton, Associate Director of Admissions. “I am looking forward to collaborating with Cordel on our dynamic and innovative global admissions strategy in the years to come.”

About Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and is designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. The vision of Schwarzman Scholars is to bring together the world’s best young minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power, and to make them more effective as links between China and the rest of the world. Blackstone Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Stephen A. Schwarzman, has personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $585 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

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