Vice President for Enrollment Management Search
DEAR MEMBERS OF THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY:
As we prepare for another academic year and continue toward achievement of the priorities outlined in our Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State, it is more important than ever that we attract, value and support a talented university community. I want to thank everyone for your commitment to shaping a welcoming and inclusive environment where every member of our community has the opportunity to thrive.
While we remain focused on our positive momentum, we are also keenly aware of the enrollment challenges contributing to a very competitive and volatile student recruitment landscape. It is clear we need innovative strategies and aggressive, proactive efforts to support not only the recruitment of outstanding students but to support all students to the finish line of their earned degrees.
Simply put, an enhanced, centrally coordinated enrollment management unit is critical to the long-term success and vitality of Kent State. In the coming weeks, Kent State will launch a national search for a proven professional to serve as our inaugural Vice President for Enrollment Management. This Cabinet-level position, reporting directly to the President, will lead an institutional effort aimed toward strengthening student recruitment and success at all levels and across the entirety of our eight-campus system. From first-time freshmen and transfer students, to high-achievers and those with complex financial needs, to graduate and international students — an inclusive and coordinated approach to enrollment management is a must for our greatest success.
Executive Vice President and Provost Todd Diacon will chair the search committee, and the search firm, Witt Kieffer, has been retained to support this important search. The committee will be charged with attracting and screening top talent with a demonstrated track record of proven success in proactive, cutting-edge student enrollment, retention and persistence efforts. We anticipate a September 2018 timeline for hosting campus visits for the finalists for this important position.
I am confident that Kent State will attract top candidates as we continue to become a destination university in a destination college town. It will take the best efforts of all of us to elevate Kent State in these very challenging times in higher education. I know we are up to the task.
Thank you for all you do to make Kent State University a great place to work, learn and thrive.
With best regards,