Emory University – Vice Provost for Enrollment Management



The Organization

Committed to courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, healthcare, and social action, Emory University is one of the world’s finest institutions of higher education, with an international reputation for scholarship, engaged teaching, discovery, and path-breaking clinical care.  Emory traces its roots to the 1836 founding of Emory College and cherishes a historical affiliation with The United Methodist Church. Emory’s programs today are entirely nonsectarian abiding with the conviction that education is a strong moral force in both society and the lives of individuals.

A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1995, the University enjoys an uncommon degree of collaboration and synergy among its nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.  These include Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, the School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Candler School of Theology, the School of Law, Goizueta Business School, Laney Graduate School, and Rollins School of Public Health.

Significant to Emory’s advancement, success, and reputation is the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, home not only to its schools of medicine, public health, and nursing but also to Emory Healthcare, a world-class health system with almost six million patient visits annually.  The Woodruff Health Sciences Center also includes the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Winship Cancer Institute, which is designated as a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center.

Emory’s reach and impact extend far beyond its Atlanta and Oxford campuses.  The University’s 29,000 employees — including 13,000 faculty and staff and 16,000 Emory Healthcare employees — make it the second-largest private employer in the Atlanta metropolitan area and multiply Emory’s economic impact throughout the region and the state.

With approximately 15,000 students, including 8,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate and professional students, Emory draws students from every state and more than 100 countries.  Nineteen Emory students have been named Rhodes Scholars, the most recent in 2015, while Emory ranks among the top universities of its size in the number of annual Fulbright awards.  Emory stands second in NCAA postgraduate scholarships earned by its student athletes.

Undergraduates have two options when they apply to Emory — the four-year Emory College of Arts and Sciences or Oxford College, on Emory’s historic first campus, where students complete the first two years of the bachelor’s degree in a distinctive, small-campus setting.  Both of these colleges, collectively the heart of the University, champion the Liberal Arts as foundational to preparing citizens to navigate the complexities of the twenty-first century.

The University is also home to world-class libraries.  The Stuart A. Rose Library holds impressive collections in African American literature and history, twentieth-century poetry, Irish literature, and Southern history.  The Pitts Theology Library contains the third-largest collection of theology and religious materials in the country, including extraordinary holdings and collections in rare books and manuscripts.

Emory’s esteemed faculty includes Pulitzer Prize and Lasker Award winners, 45 members of elite national academies, and two Nobel Laureates, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and President Jimmy Carter, both of whom serve the University as Distinguished Professors.  Demonstrating passion and talent for teaching and research, Emory faculty members draw students deeply into the discovery process and collaboration in seeking creative solutions to the needs of their communities and the world.

The University’s 137,000 alumni enjoy the benefits of a vibrant worldwide network, facilitated by the Emory Alumni Association. Emory alumni include a U.S. vice president, a Supreme Court justice, U.S. senators and representatives, governors, university presidents, philanthropists, Pulitzer Prize winners, entrepreneurs, local leaders, innovators, renowned entertainers, and an astronaut.

Emory’s annual budget for 2016-2017 is $4.8 billion.  Faculty members and scientists generated more than $574.5 million in research funding in 2015, the sixth consecutive year in which funding topped $500 million.  Donors and friends contributed more than $250 million in gifts and pledges in 2015, a double-digit increase over the previous year and an unqualified endorsement of Emory’s mission.  Emory’s most recent (and record-setting) fundraising campaign raised nearly $1.7 billion by its conclusion in December 2012.  The University is currently in the initiation phase of its next campaign, which will be the largest in its history.  Emory’s endowment, now approximately $6.5 billion, fuels the strategic priorities, initiatives, and ambitions of the University community.

Detailed information, facts, and figures about Emory can be found at http://www.emory.edu/home/about/factsfigures/index.html.

The Position

Emory University, one of the world’s leading research universities, is seeking an outstanding individual to join the university’s senior staff in the newly created position of Vice Provost for Enrollment Management (VPEM). This new leadership position will play a key role in forming, implementing, and executing the transformational vision of Emory’s new President to create an extraordinary student experience while at Emory. This vision is a priority under the new President, and it represents a commitment to enhance the student experience from initial contact, extending throughout the student’s entire experience at this leading liberal arts and research intensive nationally ranked university. This vision, embraced by all four undergraduate schools and in conjunction with Campus Life, is intended to optimize the student experience across all of a student’s time at Emory.

Reporting to the Provost, the VPEM will lead the undergraduate enrollment and retention efforts through recruiting, enrolling, and supporting students that thrive at Emory. The VPEM will be a seasoned, thoughtful leader and change agent who motivates diverse stakeholders across a complex institution. The VPEM must gain the support of the four undergraduate schools, to enable common processes, and to build consensus towards success of a common goal of an outstanding admission, enrollment, and support objective that will differentiate Emory. The VPEM will have ultimate accountability and responsibility for crafting an incoming class for all undergraduates and will enable structures, processes, and technologies that serve the best interests of all students at Emory University.

Key Leaders at Emory

Stuart Zola, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

In August 2016, Stuart Zola, was named the interim Provost and Executive Vice President at Emory. A search is underway for a permanent Provost and EVP. As Interim Provost, Dr. Zola leads the Deans and programs within the office of the Provost.

Claire E. Sterk, Ph.D., President

Claire E. Sterk took office as president of Emory University on September 1, 2016, having formerly served as Emory’s sixth provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She was a senior member of the Office of the Provost since 2005 and has been a faculty member since 1995.

Doug Hicks, Ph.D., Dean of Oxford College

Douglas Hicks, noted academic leader, teacher, and author, joined Oxford College as dean in July 2016. From his undergraduate days and throughout his career, Hicks has embraced residential liberal-arts education. Prior to coming to Oxford, Dean Hicks was a professor and senior administrator at Colgate University. He served Colgate as provost and dean of the faculty, leading its four academic divisions and its university libraries, information technology, athletics, museums, international initiatives, and the office of equity and diversity. He was a principal architect of Living the Liberal Arts, Colgate’s strategic plan, and he led the implementation of its academic priorities, including innovations in technology, classroom teaching, and civic engagement as well as the launch of the Center for International Programs.

Michael Elliott, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Michael A. Elliott is the Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Executive Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Elliott has been a member of the Emory University faculty since 1998. A scholar of American literature and culture, he is the author of two books and the co-editor of two other volumes, and he has held research fellowships at the American Philosophical Society, Yale University, and Harvard University. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of the Norton Anthology of American Literature. He has extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students in and out of the classroom; he has served as Director of the British Studies summer study abroad program in England.   Dean Elliott has also authored a widely-cited report on the future of long-form publishing in the humanities, and he is the lead investigator on a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to support digital publishing in the humanities at Emory.

Linda McCauley, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, Dean, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Linda A. McCauley is the sixth dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She began her appointment in May 2009 after serving as the associate dean for research at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Under her leadership, the School of Nursing is executing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand the school’s research enterprise, forge new clinical partnerships, and increase diversity among the faculty and student population.

Dean McCauley is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. She also is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses. She has been widely published in the fields of nursing and environmental health.

Erika James, Ph. D., Dean, Goizueta Business School

Erika James became the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School in July 2014. A published researcher and award-winning educator with a passion for consulting and speaking, she places an emphasis on what higher education can do to be of service to industry. Before arriving at Goizueta, James served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business. She also served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. Her academic career includes involvement in diversity initiatives and membership on multiple university councils and committees.

The Opportunity at Emory

Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the VPEM will oversee and integrate enrollment initiatives across the university to recruit, enroll, and support a thriving undergraduate class. In line with the President’s transformational vision for the Emory undergraduate experience initiative, the VPEM will seek to improve the prospective and current student experience, employing a student-centered focus as the filter for decision-making. He/she will strategically coordinate and advocate for the activities of functional areas including Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office, Student Information Systems, and Campus Life. The VPEM will ensure the essential connections between the academic mission and the student experience at Emory University.

For the past several years, the organization has focused on the Emory undergraduate experience with specific focus on domains such as admissions, financial aid, the registrar, the academic experience, and the overall campus experience. The incoming VPEM will build off of the considerable previous work and improvements, and with a sense of inclusion, collaboration and leadership will further enhance, develop, and execute the prospective and current student experience.

The ideal candidate should be someone who possesses:

  • A record of accomplishment in planning and delivering strategic, cultural and organizational change;
  • Proven leadership that combines intelligent risk-taking, strong decision-making skills, and a collaborative, consultative style that integrates various stakeholders and serves to unify the Schools;
  • A demonstrated capability in using data analysis and technology to understand and inform Emory’s enrollment management challenges, opportunities and decision-making;
  • A professional approach that empowers subject matter experts in functional areas, including Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office, Student Information Systems, and Campus Life; and
  • A fresh perspective to business processes.

Specific responsibilities of the VPEM include:

  • Collaborating effectively with undergraduate deans and the Chief Business Officers of all undergraduate schools (Oxford College, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Goizueta Business School) and the Chief University Budget Officer.
  • Providing strategic direction and oversight to processes, procedures and practices that attract, enroll, and support Emory’s current and future undergraduate students, with the stated expectation of enhancing the quality of the undergraduate pool and those that choose Emory, aligning strategies with Emory’s goals for undergraduate enrollment, using analytics and evidence-based methodologies with a focus on continual improvement, and creating opportunities to promote Emory as a first-choice option for incoming students and in support of Emory’s long time academic mission;
  • Collaborating with the Provost and academic leaders and key administrators across the university to collectively inform class composition, including reconciling strategies and operations across enrollment management units, building alliances among diverse internal and external stakeholders, aligning prospective student market demands with Emory’s academic offerings, and, in partnership with the Chief University Budget Officer, planning and achieving net tuition revenue targets and optimizing resources;
  • Ensuring organizational capacity building by promoting an integrated and coherent student experience over four years of an undergraduate education, including:
    • Evaluating current processes, technology, and use of resources to deliver innovative and effective student-centric approaches;
    • Collaborating with leaders in each school to continue to enhance academic accessibility via seamless pathways for students;
    • Identifying unified approaches to course planning and registration;
    • Suggesting and supporting, in partnership, program enhancements in Campus Life that contribute to improved retention and graduation rates;
    • Employing the use of data-informed decisions for financial aid and operational budget allocation to align with strategic priorities; and
    • Developing and deploying enhanced data analytics to assist in strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Overseeing and coordinating the Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, Student Information Systems, Office of Undergraduate Admission, and Oxford College Enrollment Services and systems utilized by these functions that will optimize the undergraduate student experience at Emory University.

Education, Key Functional Competencies, and Qualities for the VPEM

The successful candidate will be an individual who has an understanding, personal alignment, and respect for the mission of Emory University and its vision for undergraduate enrollment. Breadth and depth of experience in enrollment management, strong business judgment and decision-making skills, a strong capability of working with data and analytics to guide and validate decision-making, the ability to work and interact in a transparent manner, and the ability to lead and manage large-scale, university-wide cross-school change initiatives are essential to success in this position.

Specific qualities the VPEM should possess include:

  • Exceptional leadership and management skills;
  • The ability to motivate, inspire trust, and build consensus among disparate groups;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Advanced analytical skills utilizing both quantitative and qualitative data, including dashboards and other on-going assessment tools in decision-making, post-implementation measurement and process performance management;
  • Demonstrated facility with technology to support enrollment initiatives, including, but not limited to student information systems, social media, customer relationship management, and predictive modeling;
  • A track record of collaboration, consultation, and fostering a spirit of teamwork among members of various departments; the ability to effectively manage and develop staff, including those with substantial professional experience in the various facets of enrollment management;
  • Demonstrated leadership across multiple and geographically dispersed schools/groups, including the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of both domestic and international students; and
  • The highest standards of ethical decision-making and integrity.

Desired experience includes the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required); Master’s or doctoral degree (strongly preferred);
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in a leadership role;
  • A sustained record of success in developing and achieving institutional enrollment goals in a diverse, complex institution;
  • Experience managing multiple program offerings and implementing best practices to address global enrollment trends and the changing landscape of higher education;
  • Proven success as a change agent;
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion in both practice and leadership;
  • Experience advancing new enrollment processes, systems, and technologies by collaborating across functional areas and with other campuses or programs;
  • Success employing outcomes- and metrics-based, creative marketing strategies to achieve enrollment goals; using predictive modeling and other analytical tools to support data-informed enrollment, admissions, and financial aid decisions;
  • Comfort managing budgets, including the ability to prioritize and allocate resources;
  • Demonstrated financial analysis skills; and
  • A student-centric focus in all facets of enrollment management.

Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter discussing their interest in the position as well as their accomplishments in light of the listed responsibilities and qualifications. Confidential review and screening of materials will continue until the position is filled.

Final candidates will be required to complete a background check successfully.

Applications and nominations should be sent to:


Elizabeth Neumann, Principal
Beth Schaefer, Principal
Melissa Trotta, Ed.D., Vice President
Neumann Executive Search Partners
Boston, MA 02116

Emory University is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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