Vice President for Enrollment Management
“Having Light, We Pass It On To Others”
Wittenberg is a vibrant community of learners that places teaching excellence and the success of every student at the forefront of its mission.
~ Dr. Michael L. Frandsen, Wittenberg President
Wittenberg University, a private, coeducational, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and located in Springfield, Ohio, invites candidates for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management. Reporting to President Frandsen and serving as a member of Senior Staff, the successful candidate will oversee the strategic efforts of admission and student financial services, including financial aid and student accounts.
The new Vice President will have the opportunity to build and develop a cohesive enrollment management team dedicated to achieving enrollment goals, and work collaboratively with key partners to enhance student retention and institutional marketing. Wittenberg seeks a dynamic and innovative enrollment leader with keen data analytical skills, an emphasis on operational efficiencies, and the capacity to convey the warm spirit and remarkable stories of Wittenberg’s community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary duties and responsibilities for the Vice President for Enrollment Management are as follows:
- Work closely with the President and other Senior Staff to craft and implement enrollment strategies to accomplish ambitious goals built on the foundation of a strong mission and tradition;
- Strategically and aggressively plan, develop, execute and assess an enrollment plan for entering students, keeping in mind retention and student success;
- Employ an analytical mindset to effectively use data and cutting-edge technology to inform decision-making and improve overall efficiency of enrollment and marketing processes;
- Develop and execute competitive aid packages, pricing philosophies and strategies to leverage financial aid and scholarships to achieve enrollment goals;
- Lead, motivate and empower talented and hardworking staff and serve as an advocate and mentor;
- Knit together a division dedicated to welcoming and retaining prospective students through genuine relationship-building with students, parents, alumni and counselors;
- Understand and champion the recruitment of diverse student populations and educate others on how to support them;
- Work closely with University Communications to identify marketing opportunities to effectively tell the story of the institution and suggest sound strategies to deliver those messages in an impactful way;
- Collaborate across campus and bridge together departments, programs, and offices including Athletics, COMPASS: Sweet Success Center, co-curricular programs and academic departments to attract and retain students;
- Evaluate and redirect resources as needed to meet the established goals;
- Serve on or lead committees, such as the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee, to propel the priorities of the division and the university;
- Engage with the internal and external communities in intentional and authentic ways.
Qualifications, Qualities and Characteristics:
The successful candidate will possess a depth of experience in higher education enrollment management and a track record of success, including knowledge of recruitment, admission, student financial services and retention. An appreciation and exhibited understanding of the liberal arts mission of the institution is strongly desired. A bachelor’s degree is required, while an advanced degree is preferred.
In addition, candidates should demonstrate the following qualifications, qualities and characteristics:
- Strategic leadership mindset with the ability to execute and implement innovative and creative ideas with a well-crafted approach;
- Dedication to the attributes of flexibility, creativity, compassion and grit;
- A philanthropic conviction that instills a willingness to actively engage in the Wittenberg community and give of their time and talent to the university and wider community;
- Appreciation for a transformative college experience;
- Strong listener who is open minded, compassionate and patient;
- Dedication to mission, tradition and history and the propensity to be inspired by it;
- Understanding of best practices, demographic trends and the landscape in higher education;
- Ability to strengthen communication within the division and across campus in order to engender an environment of trust, transparency and mutual respect; and
- Effective budgeting and financial acumen.
Founded in 1845, Wittenberg University is a Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college in the heart of Southwest Ohio, that enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg is home to 1,900 students from 37 states and 15 countries. With more than 80 majors in total including those in the humanities, arts and sciences, Wittenberg also offers distinct academic programming in pre-professional disciplines, including business and teacher education certification. Key partnerships with other universities provide cooperative programs in engineering, forestry, environmental management, and nursing, among others.
Student success and results are an important focus at Wittenberg. Ninety-eight percent of Wittenberg students walk across the graduation stage with jobs or acceptances to some of the nation’s top graduate programs. Generous alumni give back and continue the cycle of success, contributing to support current students to experience the highest quality of education from world-class faculty, receive a superior value for their education dollars, and enjoy a campus life that is robust and inclusive.
With a rich athletic tradition, Wittenberg is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and fields 25 intercollegiate Division III teams (#TigerUp). Many of those sports and a number of academic departments will be housed in the new Health, Wellness and Athletics Restoration and Expansion Initiative. Students thrive in Wittenberg’s active university community, participating in over 100 student organizations, vibrant campus programs, and benefit from a commitment to a holistic living environment.
Faculty are the inspirational heart of the campus. Wittenberg is home to 119 full-time faculty, 97 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field. In past years, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Wittenberg one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars among bachelor degree-granting institutions. The University also currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state. The Princeton Review has ranked Wittenberg 4th in the nation for Most Accessible Professors and 11th in the nation for Best Classroom Experience.
To learn more about Wittenberg University, go to www.wittenberg.edu.
Renewing the Promise: Wittenberg 2022 seeks to propel the college to new heights of excellence. Created in collaboration with the campus and extended community and led by the University Planning Commission (UPC), the new strategic plan is now in its implementation phase, setting the stage for even more ambitious efforts in the years to come. In addition to mapping a distinctive path for Wittenberg’s continued success over the next three-to-five years, the new strategic plan focuses on the most promising initiatives and areas of development that align with Wittenberg’s vision, mission, and our historical moment.
Springfield, Ohio is an all-American city with a population of 61,000. Springfield and Wittenberg have a reciprocal relationship, each benefitting because of the other. Site Selection magazine has ranked the Springfield Metro Area second in the nation when it comes to new or expanded economic development projects for metros of its size. Short commutes, community advocacy and a variety of school choices in the city and county add to the quality of life in this Midwestern city. Those who love the outdoors will thrive on the National Trail Parks and Recreation District whether biking, hiking hundreds of miles of trails or kayaking through downtown Springfield.
Springfield is within close proximity to three major metropolitan areas: Dayton is located 25 miles to the west; Columbus is 45 miles to the east; and Cincinnati is 75 miles to the southwest. Both Dayton and Columbus are within commuting distance and are urban environments which offer residents an affordable cost of living, top-notch schools and a wide range of entertainment – from great shopping and dining to world-class sports and the arts.
Dr. Michael L. Frandsen was named the 15th president of Wittenberg University and began his term in July 2017. Under the theme of “Light Illuminated: Learning, Growing, Changing,” Michael L. Frandsen, Ph.D., was formally installed as Wittenberg University’s 15th president during an inaugural ceremony steeped in tradition and reflective of the university’s mission, April 5, inside historic Weaver Chapel.
A Pennsylvania native, Frandsen grew up on and around the Penn State campus, then earned his B.S. in finance with distinction. Later he earned an M.B.A. from Penn State and a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin. As a swim coach, he gained a teacher-coach mentality. As a successful finance specialist with corporations, he learned to think broadly about organizations. As a faculty member at several institutions, he brought an innovative spirit to his teaching. And with roles in college administration, he formed an acute understanding of today’s higher education landscape. As Board of Directors’ Chair Jonathan Eilert indicates, “President Frandsen clearly sees the big picture, finds the intersections that create opportunity, seeks out creative solutions and collaborates effectively with constituents, all the while staying focused on students…and their success.”
Napier Executive Search is assisting Wittenberg University with this search for a Vice President for Enrollment Management. For a confidential conversation, or if you wish to nominate someone for this position, please contact Mary Napier (email@example.com) or Laura Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org ) If you wish to apply, please send a resumé, a detailed letter of interest with emphasis on what attracts you specifically to Wittenberg and contact information for three professional references by email to: email@example.com. Resumés will be reviewed until the position is filled. All applications and nominations will be considered confidential and notice will be given before references are contacted.
Wittenberg University is an equal access/equal opportunity affirmative action university.