Wanted Experienced Enrollment Professional: The world is your oyster!
Earlier this week I received an email from Witt-Kieffer, a higher leaderships search firm, that congratulated people who recently landed new enrollment leadership roles. It was an impressive list of people—some of whom I know and some I don’t. I wish each new leader well as they transition and take over the reigns of leadership and their new institution; we certainly face interesting times in enrollment leadership and I welcome new energy, perspective and ideas.
In addition to the congratulations offered to a couple of dozen people who have landed new gigs, there was another interesting list of openings for which Witt-Kieffer is seeking leadership.
That list is below and includes some very high profile positions as you’ll see below:
- Boston College, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
- College of William and Mary, Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission
- Dickinson College, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications
- New Jersey Institute of Technology, Associate Vice President for Academic and Enrollment Services
- Olin College of Engineering, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
- Portland State University, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
- Rutgers University – Camden, Associate Chancellor for Enrollment Management
- Trinity College, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
- University at Buffalo, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
- University of California, Los Angeles, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admission
- University of Texas at Austin, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
- Washington and Lee University, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid
Looking at that list, the impressive titles and range of places where positions are available, I am led to believe that experienced enrollment professionals have a lot of options if they are thinking about changing positions!
Honestly, I don’t know what to make of this. I know there is a great deal of turnover and churn of leadership in our profession right now and am withholding judgment to determine if this churn is good or bad. Is this good? Is this unusual? Is this a sign of time? How should I interpret all of this?
The one take-away from this list is: If you are an ambitious, experienced enrollment leader, the world is your oyster! That is, if you are ready for a new challenge and secure enough to leave your current post.
What do you think about the turnover in leadership?
W. Kent Barnds @bowtieadmission