New vice chancellor enlisted to increase enrollment
Chancellor Joel Anderson announced today that a current Western Kentucky University administrator will become UALR’s vice chancellor of enrollment management on Nov. 5.
Dean Kahler, who has bolstered enrollment and retention at WKU in Bowling Green, Kentucky since 2001, will become the university’s first vice chancellor of enrollment management early next month, according to university officials. During his time at WKU, Kahler served as the school’s admissions director, associate vice president for academic affairs and, most recently, executive director of Navitas (a program for international students).
“As UALR’s first vice chancellor for enrollment management, Dr. Kahler will bring experience and energetic leadership to increase overall enrollment and to achieve a mix of students at UALR that aligns with our purposes and our strengths,” Anderson said in a UALR press release. “This is an exciting opportunity for Dr. Kahler to bring clarified purpose and vision to the recruitment, admission, and retention of undergraduate and graduate students across all UALR programs.”
During Kahler’s stint as an administrator at WKU, it was the fastest-growing college in the state, according to the press release.
“I do believe I can transfer that momentum to UALR to meet the future enrollment goals,” Kahler said.
Kahler worked as assistant director of the office of admissions and records at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale from 1995 to 2001, where he also received his Ph.D. in educational administration.
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