Vice President for Enrollment Management Search
DEAR MEMBERS OF THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY:
As we are all keenly aware, enrollment is one of the most important challenges facing colleges and universities across the country. The highly challenging student recruitment landscape demands our intense focus and strong collaboration. To that end, I am pleased to announce that we have named Mary G. Parker, Ed.D., as Kent State's inaugural vice president for enrollment management.
Dr. Parker's hiring follows an extensive national search and rigorous review of a host of highly qualified candidates. Dr. Parker comes to Kent State with more than a quarter century of experience in admissions and enrollment management, including her current role as associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
In this cabinet-level position, Dr. Parker will report directly to the university president and will lead our institutional efforts to strengthen student recruitment and success at all levels across our entire eight-campus system. I am confident that Dr. Parker is the right person to implement the type of innovative strategies and aggressive efforts that we need to strengthen our recruitment of outstanding students and to offer strategic support to all students as they endeavor to complete their degrees.
I want to thank Executive Vice President and Provost Todd Diacon for serving as chair of the search committee and the members of that committee — Bradley Bielski, Ph.D., dean of the Tuscarawas Campus; Nancy Dellavecchia, executive director of admissions; Ernie Freeman, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the School of Biomedical Sciences; James Hannon, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services; Lamar Hylton, Ph.D., dean of students; Rebecca Murphy, senior associate vice president for strategic communications and external affairs; Eboni Pringle, Ph.D., dean of the University College; Swathi Ravichandran, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality management; and Jeannie Reifsnyder, senior associate vice president for finance and administration — for their hard work and dedication to ensure that we found the right professional for this critical role.
Moving forward, Dr. Parker will work collaboratively across the university to cultivate an enhanced, centrally coordinated enrollment management initiative. The achievements of this initiative will prove critical to the long-term success and vitality of Kent State.
Please join with me in extending a warm Kent State welcome to Dr. Parker when she joins us on Jan. 16, 2019.