To the Lake Forest College Community:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher J. Ellertson as our new Vice President for Enrollment, effective June 8, 2015.  A highly skilled enrollment leader with more than three decades of progressive experience in college admissions and financial aid, Chris is currently the Associate Vice President for Enrollment at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past 15 years.  Before Trinity he was Director of Admission at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and before Whitman Chris served in the admission, financial aid and development offices at Texas Christian University.  A 1981 graduate of Otterbein College, Chris also holds a Master of Arts in Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Chris is eager to move here and begin his new position, and I am just as eager for him to arrive.  He strongly impressed faculty, staff, students and trustees in his recent two-day campus visit.  Here are just a few of the many positive comments that I received:

  • “Chris has great experience and knowledge within the field, as well as a desire to activate change.”
  • “He has very clear visions and strategies for making improvements on net tuition revenue and retention.”
  • “He knows both sides of the house – admissions and financial aid – and has a strategic mindset.”
  • “He has terrific room presence and I would feel very comfortable [having] my top recruits meeting with him.”

Praise from Chris’s Trinity references is equally laudatory, as these tributes demonstrate:

  • “Chris’ skills in enrollment management are top of the line.”
  • “Chris has an uncanny ability to fix problems or situations that arise in admissions.”
  • “Chris is an empowering leader. He identifies the talents people have and he places them in roles that allow them to blossom. He has an incredible culture-building ability.”
  • “Chris is a collaborator like none other I have ever seen.  There is no one better.”

I want to thank Jackie Slaats, who chaired our campus search committee, and all committee members for their diligent, effective efforts to produce this great outcome.  I also want to thank our alumna Mary Worland Napier ’84 of Napier Executive Search for her exceptional services in helping the College locate and recruit Chris Ellertson.  In addition, I offer my warm thanks to David Bennett, Jerry Cebrzynski, and our admission and financial aid staff members who have done such exceptional work this year.  To David, in particular, I am grateful for his strong, dedicated interim leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Chris at your first opportunity.

Stephen D. Schutt
Lake Forest College