Vice Provost for Enrollment Management - Purdue University

Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the vice provost for enrollment management position. The vice provost is the chief enrollment and admissions officer at Purdue University providing leadership and coordination for a comprehensive enrollment management strategy that is consistent with the goals, mission, and resources of the University. The vice provost oversees Enrollment Management (EM) Communications, EM Analysis and Reporting, Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, and the Division of Financial Aid and collaborates closely with the directors of the Bursar, International Students and Scholars, Student Systems, Student Success offices. The vice provost reports to the provost and collaborates closely with the president, treasurer, and academic deans to share enrollment projections and to determine short and long term targets for both tuition revenue and headcounts. The vice provost for enrollment management is responsible for an operating budget of $12.8 million, financial aid awarding of over $700 million, and over 200 permanent seasonal and student staff.

Founded in 1869, Purdue is Indiana's land-grant university enrolling approximately 30,000 undergraduate and 10,400 graduate and professional students. Purdue University’s main campus is located in West Lafayette and is ranked #60 in National Universities by US News & World Report. Purdue University is one of the nation's premier institutions with more than 200 major areas of study spread across its 10 schools and colleges -- College of Agriculture, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Krannert School of Management, College of Pharmacy, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, College of Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine. Additional schools and colleges include Exploratory Studies, Honors College and Graduate Studies. In 2015, Purdue University received $401 million in sponsored research grant funding, 36 percent of which was from non-government sources, such as corporations and foundations. International students make up 17 percent of Purdue’s undergraduate student body and over 13,000 students reside in campus housing. Although a large university, Purdue maintains an intimate atmosphere that highly values individual needs and achievements. The Boilermakers, Purdue’s athletic teams, compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.


A Master’s degree is required; doctoral degree preferred. At least ten years of progressively responsible management experience directly related to enrollment management and experience in analyzing and organizing information to produce data-driven decisions is required. Commitment to and demonstrated success in recruiting and enrolling an academically strong and diverse student population is also required. The ideal candidate will have experience with change management as related to continuously improving business processes and have experience working at a large, complex university. The ideal candidate will be forward thinking and able to anticipate and effectively respond to all matters that influence enrollment. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong data and technology skills, integrity, ability to motivate staff and to foster collaboration across diverse groups of constituents are desired. A high degree of understanding of the complex facets of enrollment, including recruitment, holistic admission, strategic awarding of financial aid and merit based scholarships, student and family communication strategies, and course and academic planning will also be factors considered in the selection of the vice provost for enrollment management.


Application and Nomination

Review of applications begins February 17, 2017. Purdue University is partnering with the executive search firm Williams & Company on this search. Confidential inquiries and/or nominations may be directed to Martha Smiles at Williams & Company: or (802) 497-0151. To apply for the position, interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter and the name and contact information for three references to Purdue University directly at: Notice will be given before references are contacted.


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