SUNY Buffalo State College, the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of vice president for enrollment management.
This is an institution with a tradition of transforming lives. Over half of Buffalo State's students identify as individuals from diverse backgrounds, and approximately 53.7% of students receive Pell Grants. In 2021, Buffalo State ranked 33rd out of 1,458 benchmarked colleges and universities in CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index, and U.S. News and World Report ranked Buffalo State 16th out of 174 regional colleges and universities in the north for social mobility.
Founded in 1871, Buffalo State continues to breathe life into its urban-engaged mission by forging strong connections with the Western New York community, providing high-quality lifelong-learning opportunities to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and generating more than $680 million in total economic impact annually as an anchor institution for the City of Buffalo. With more than 75 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate programs in the arts, education, sciences, and professional studies, the college strives to foster a sense of civic responsibility and empowers more than 7,000 students to become active citizens who make a positive impact in Buffalo and beyond.
The new vice president for enrollment management (VPEM) will join the Bengal community as it celebrates its 150th anniversary and recommits itself to the college's foundational principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion under the leadership of President Katherine Conway-Turner. The VPEM will embrace the college's urban-engaged mission and develop a life-cycle approach to enrollment management that will allow Buffalo State to continue to transform lives.
The VPEM will report to the president, serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, oversee the offices of Admissions, Marketing and Communications, Financial Aid, and the Registrar, and provide campus-wide leadership and accountability for enrollment management. The new leader will bring significant experience developing, articulating, and implementing a multi-year strategic enrollment management plan that achieves institutional aspirations. While traditional undergraduate enrollment is important, the VPEM will also consider the many opportunities for enrollment growth, including dual-enrollment, continuing education programs, certificates, and graduate programs.
The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of student interest, marketplace demands, trends in student aid and pricing, marketing strategies, factors affecting the student life-cycle and dynamics around retention. The VPEM will be a relationship builder who listens, inspires, and establishes trust and collaborative partnerships across the college. It will be important for the VPEM to have strong analytical abilities and technological savvy to enhance systems and processes and shape strategic direction; provide bold and creative leadership to communicate institutional distinctiveness, helping to make the college a first-choice institution for students and their families; and contribute to the success of retention efforts. An appreciation of Buffalo State's mission and its diverse population are essential for success.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.
WittKieffer is assisting Buffalo State College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 31, 2022.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Luis Bertot
Buffalo State College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status (Nondiscrimination Notice). Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Equity and Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall 415, 716-878-6210. Buffalo State is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor
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