I posted the following during the first week of October of 2011 and again this week was startled by the number of senior level enrollment/admissions positions that are open throughout the nation.
Again, I repeat my initial question, where are all of these leaders going and do presidents and boards really understand what’s happening in the profession?
P.S. I have posted the new list of open positions (as of 1-4-2012) below the post.
From post to @bowtieadmissions from October 3, 2011
Once in a while I take a look at the jobs section of The Chronicle of Higher Education to see what’s happening and what’s happened to whom?
(Really, who in higher education doesn’t do this? It’s better than the public record in the local newspaper)
The last time I checked in I was astonished to see how many senior leadership positions in admissions and enrollment are available right now. (You can see the list below).
My astonishment led me to ask the following questions:
- Are these new positions?
- Are they newly configured positions?
- If they are not new, what happened to the person who had been there?
- Are these institutions at risk while searching for leadership?
- Are there a sufficient number of leaders to fill these positions?
- Has the pressure and responsibility of leadership in admissions and enrollment become so great that we need to brace ourselves for higher and more frequent turnover?
All of these are critical questions for our profession and for higher education.
More and more is expected of admissions/enrollment leaders than ever before and I wonder if the expectations are becoming too high?
I wonder if the talent pool is deep enough to withstand all of the shifting around (I suspect it is, but not without some pain)?
Are experienced admissions/enrollment leaders doing enough to mentor and train the next crop of leaders?
Are experienced leaders leaving the profession or just institution?
Do presidents and Boards clearly understand what’s happening in the enrollment/admissions world and the significant shifts underway?
I was once again reminded of Eric Hoover’s excellent article about the changing role of the senior admissions/enrollment leader and encourage you to take a look.
During these challenging times can institutions and higher education withstand all of this messiness in admissions and enrollment?
Is anyone else concerned about this? Is anyone talking about this on your campus?
I think we will also need to ask (for the sake of higher education) whether or not the best talent leave their current institution to take on a new challenge in a world that has become so pressurized?
What are your thoughts? For me, I have more questions than thoughts right now.
W. Kent Barnds a.k.a @bowtieadmission
Senior-level admissions/enrollment positions available as of January 4, 2012:
Vice President of Enrollment Management, Mount Mercy, Iowa
Vice President of Enrollment Management, Albion College, Michigan
Dean of Admissions, Bates College, Maine
Director of Admissions, University of Illinois-Springfield
Director of Admissions, Alaska Pacific
Vice President of Enrollment, Drew University, New Jersey
Director of Admissions, Ohio State University
Director of Admissions, University of Idaho
Vice President of Enrollment, Westminster, Utah
Vice President of Enrollment and Communication, Earlham College, Indiana
***Google the ads to check out the positions.