Vice President for Enrollment Management

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Southern Connecticut State University, a public comprehensive university in New Haven, Connecticut, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Founded in 1893 as New Haven Normal School, the University has evolved into a modern, urban, diversified center of higher learning serving approximately 10,000 students with excellent undergraduate and graduate programs. Southern is one of four comprehensive universities in the 17-member Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. Its five colleges and schools offer more than 225 academic programs, leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as sixth-year professional diplomas and doctoral degrees in educational leadership, nursing education, and social work. Supporting the academic offerings are several nationally-recognized academic centers and several new campus facilities: a recently-expanded library, a new state-of-the-art science building, the recently-completed Barack H. Obama Magnet University School, and a new facility for the College of Health and Human Services now under construction. A new School of Business building is in the advanced stages of design.    

Southern is characterized by an increasingly pervasive social-justice orientation and a strong commitment to provide an excellent educational experience to the students of Connecticut.  It is working strategically and creatively on several fronts to increase student success, to raise its national profile, and to meet the challenges of public higher education in Connecticut.  It seeks a seasoned enrollment management professional who is committed to its mission, who takes pride in the achievements of its students, and who finds working with dedicated and talented colleagues deeply satisfying. The new vice president will have the opportunity to work with a very collegial, open, supportive, and dedicated senior leadership team who understands the challenges of enrollment management and has a realistic sense of what is possible.  At the same time, the new vice president will have the opportunity to develop a cohesive, high-functioning enrollment management team, and, by creating good relationships across campus, help enrollment management further strengthen its place in the life of the University.  Best of all, the new vice president will make a major contribution to the success of an institution that has a deep impact on the lives of its students and the community it serves.    

The Vice President for Enrollment Management reports to the President and works closely with the other members of the President’s Cabinet on retention.  The Vice President supervises undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Transfer Student Services, the Registrar’s Office, and the Office of Community Engagement, and must work collaboratively with Integrated Communications and Marketing, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.   In addition to meeting admissions and retention goals, the new vice president will be expected to devote special attention to building a cohesive and high-functioning enrollment management team; collecting and analyzing admissions and retention data; improving financial aid leveraging; and successfully recruiting and retaining more part-time, transfer, and non-traditional-aged students. 

The ideal candidate will have successful and progressively more responsible leadership experience in enrollment management; an understanding of admissions, financial aid, retention, and marketing; successful experience with international, part-time, and transfer student enrollment; a deep understanding of current higher education trends; and a commitment to Southern’s mission of academic excellence and social justice. 

Nominations and Applications

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by March 23, 2020. For more information and instructions to applicants, please review the position profile downloadable above. 

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Robert Holyer, Ph.D.,  Executive Search Consultant

robert.holyer@agbsearch.com / 804-708-0834 (o) / 804-402-6736 (c)

Southern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.