Mutlu G. Çitim-Kepic is the Director of Music Admissions and Undergraduate Student Services for the School of Music. Prior to joining the School of Music in 2000, she served as Coordinator of Admissions and Registration at the Office of the University Registrar (1997-2000). Mutlu received her B.A. in International Human Relations and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. She also holds a Conflict Resolution Certificate from Cornell University.
In the fall, Mutlu travels extensively in the State of Florida visiting high schools and attending college fairs for recruitment of arts students for the College of the Arts and the School of Music. Ms. Çitim-Kepic specializes in conflict resolution, faculty-student relations, recruitment, and retention. She also serves on the Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Committee for the university.
Mutlu created the first study abroad program designed specifically for music students in Salzburg, Austria in 2003. Participants take private lessons (instruments/voice) and study music history and arranging for instruments and voices. In 2004, political science, history, and business related courses were introduced to make the "UF in Salzburg" summer study abroad program a cultural expreience for all majors across the campus. The program celebrated its 17th year in the summer of 2019 making it one of the longest, continued run programs through the University of Florida International Center. Due to the pandemic, the program has been suspended for 2020 and 2021 summer and picked up where it left of for the summer 2022. A new fall short program, "Experiencing a piece of European Culture and History", also has been introduced for the Fall 2023, expected to run Nov. 18-Nov. 27, also in Salzburg, Austria, with stops in Munich, Nuremberg, Salzkammergut region.
In 2013, Mutlu created a student ambassador program. School of Music Ambassadors (SOMAs) have been an integral part of the school's recruitment and retention efforts. SOMAs assist the academic mission of the school by providing support to the staff of the Undergraduate Student Services and the School of Music. SOMAs help with all aspects of audition days, recruitment, serving as hosts in a variety of School of Music functions as well as providing a link between SOM and its alumni.
Each year, University of Florida rewards excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in undergraduate advising by recognizing individuals in the field of professional academic advising. Mutlu was named the recipient for both the college and university wide award in 2015. She was also named one of the winners of the "Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role" by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in 2016.