Candidates for vice chancellor position to visit
Three candidates for the recently created vice chancellor for enrollment management position, which was established in an attempt to increase enrollment, will be visiting the campus in September in an effort to secure the job.
The final candidates have been narrowed to include Daniel Green, associate vice president for enrollment management at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., James Steen, vice president for enrollment management at Houston Baptist University in Houston, and Dean Kahler, executive director of Navitas at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.
Open meetings with the candidates are scheduled in the Engineering and Information Technology Building auditorium at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5 for Green, 1 p.m. Sept. 10 for Steen and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 for Kahler.
The director of the Office of Recruitment and Retention position formerly held by Cleveland James was eliminated as of June 30 following the advice of consultants.
“Our enrollment has been pretty stable over the last few years and we want to increase it, so we brought in consultants to talk to us about how we can do that and they proposed a restructuring,” said Sandra Robertson, interim provost. “… The consultants recommended that we elevate the position [of director of the Office of Recruitment and Retention] to the vice chancellor level and have it directly reporting to the chancellor.”
While the university searches for someone to fill the new vice chancellor position, Katie Young, assistant dean for academic affairs in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, is acting as director.
During the University Assembly Aug. 21, Chancellor Joel Anderson said, “Enrollment at UALR has been flat.” He explained that overall student enrollment at colleges and universities across the state have risen by more than 25,000 students since 2007. While at UALR the student enrollment rate has seen little change, despite efforts to grow. In 2007, UALR had 12,135 students. There was a decrease of 170 students in 2008 and since then enrollment has been just over 13,000 per year.
“What we expect this person to do is to bring a kind of clarified vision and purpose to the recruitment, admission and retention of undergraduate and graduate students,” Anderson said.