Ursinus College, a national residential liberal arts institution well known for a pioneering curricular philosophy that fuses the academic and residential experience, invites inquiries and applications for a collaborative, creative, and bold leader to join this exceptional campus community as vice president for enrollment management. With the enthusiastic support of Ursinus’ new president, Robyn E. Hannigan, this individual will collaborate with campus partners to successfully execute the College’s best-in-class Strategic Enrollment Management Plan (SEM), implemented several years ago to provide a highly integrated roadmap for the achievement of long-term enrollment goals.
Ursinus has been passionately dedicated to undergraduate-focused liberal education since its founding 153 years ago — a reason why Ursinus was one of the inaugural members of Colleges that Change Lives. As “a star of the first magnitude in the small galaxy of colleges,” Ursinus remains one of just 44 colleges nationwide that holds that unique designation. With 1,500 students located on a 170-acre campus, Ursinus is unwavering in its vision to make personalized, undergraduate education more valuable and accessible than ever. Ursinus is one of 10% of colleges and universities nationally to host a chapter of the national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, and is just one of 40 U.S. colleges selected for the rigor of their liberal arts programs whose students are eligible to compete for Watson Fellowships for postgraduate travel and study. In addition, Ursinus is one of only 75 colleges designated to name Bonner Leaders, who set national examples in service and leadership. The College is located just 25 miles from Center City Philadelphia in the town of Collegeville. Montgomery County, in which Ursinus sits at the heart, is the ninth best place in the United States to raise a family according to Forbes.
The cornerstone of the Ursinus student experience is the distinctive curriculum known as “Ursinus Quest: Open Questions Open Minds.” Eagerly embraced by the Ursinus community as a unifying vision, this curriculum puts students in a position to contemplate a series of four enduring questions that not only guides their personal growth, but also provides a roadmap of how they can interact with one another in a meaningful way in the classroom, within their residence halls, and beyond. Anchored in the first-year Common Intellectual Experience (CIE), Quest continues a conversation between the disciplinary training of the major and the sense-making of an innovative, transdisciplinary common core that lasts all four years.
Reporting to President Hannigan, who began her tenure as 19th president of Ursinus on July 1, 2022, the vice president for enrollment management will provide the vision, inspiration, and strategy to promote the traditions and culture that are distinctly Ursinus, meet the enrollment goals for a talented and diverse student body that thinks critically and seeks to impact the world, and collaboratively chart the next chapter in the College’s future. The new vice president will be an exceptional leader with strong listening and communication skills and the willingness to engage others, particularly when implementing change. They will enthusiastically represent Ursinus, seeking opportunities to engage with thought leaders and external constituents on matters related to enrollment and the changing higher education landscape. They will possess a commitment to the values of a liberal education and its unique role in preparing students for a modern and rapidly evolving marketplace of ideas. They will have an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Technical and strategic skills that provide inspiration and direction in enrollment planning, data analysis, student recruitment, admission, and financial aid are essential.
Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile which can be found at www.wittkieffer.com. Professional references are not requested at this time.
WittKieffer is assisting Ursinus College in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Amy Crutchfield and Kimberly Migoya,