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Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia

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Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services

Old Dominion University (ODU), located in Norfolk, is the Commonwealth of Virginia's forward-focused public doctoral research university with approximately 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and bold initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to the Commonwealth’s economy. With the intersection of Old Dominion’s storied history and promising future, the University invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services.


The Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services serves as a member of ODU’s senior leadership team, specifically the President’s Cabinet and Leadership Council, and reports directly to President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., who became the University’s ninth president in the summer of 2021. The Vice President supervises a staff of approximately 300 employees across the areas of Admissions; Career Development Services; Center for Major Exploration/Mane Connect Success Coaching; Center for Social Mobility; Counseling Services; Dean of Students Office; Educational Accessibility; Financial Aid; Housing and Residence Life; Intercultural Relations; Military Connection Center; Student Engagement and Traditions; Recreation and Wellness; Registrar; Student Conduct and Academic Integrity; Student Health Services; Student Transition and Family Programs; and Women and Gender Equity Center.


In consultation and collaboration with ODU stakeholders and in alignment with the institution's mission and strategic plan, the Vice President will design, implement, and monitor enrollment targets, recruitment objectives, tactics, and strategies to advance and enhance the institution's student engagement and enrollment services enterprise with a strategic enrollment plan to be developed and implemented by the Vice President and his/her team. The Vice President must identify and focus on student engagement and enrollment services programs and initiatives that support, embrace, and enhance the diversity and success of the ODU student body, including robust plans and strategy to significantly improve the University’s student success measures, especially retention and graduation rates. The Vice President serves as an advocate for student needs and concerns to administrative and policymaking units throughout the University. To learn more about the Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, visit  For additional information about the position, including a full profile, visit


The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications:


  • A graduate degree in any closely related field;
  • Proven ability to facilitate change and build cooperative networks;
  • Substantial progressive, executive, and managerial experience in a student engagement and enrollment services administration;
  • Prior leadership of academic and developmental program integration in a residential setting;
  • Proven record of developing and implementing a comprehensive enrollment plan;
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and student success;
  • Working knowledge of assessment methodologies and data-driven decision-making;
  • Strong capability to set strategic direction and manage budgets and resources;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public higher education and shared governance in a university setting;
  • Proven ability to set clear goals and build a coherent entrepreneurial organizational culture;
  • Demonstrated administrative and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Clear commitment to global citizenship, diversity, and inclusion; and
  • Robust ability to effectively represent ODU at local, state, regional, and national levels.



In addition to the above referenced qualifications, the following are strongly preferred:


  • A terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Experience at a large, complex research university;
  • Record of scholarly activities and on-going professional development; and
  • Evidence of leadership and engagement in national student affairs and/or enrollment organizations.



How to Apply


Greenwood Asher & Associates is assisting Old Dominion University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. For a full application package, please submit a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher & Associates. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.




Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:


Betty Turner Asher, Co-Founder, Greenwood Asher & Associates

and Vice President & Managing Partner, Kelly

E-mail: [email protected]


Tracey Weldon, Vice President of Executive Search, Greenwood Asher and Associates

E-mail: [email protected]


Lois Stetson, Senior Executive Search Consultant, Greenwood Asher and Associates

E-mail: [email protected]



For more information about Old Dominion University, please visit


It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Old Dominion University is a state-assisted metropolitan university located in Norfolk, Va. A Doctoral Research University - Extensive in the Carnegie classification system, ODU is governed by a 17-member Board of Visitors.

Founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, the school became Old Dominion College in 1962 after severing its ties to the venerable Williamsburg institution. Old Dominion attained university status in 1969.

ODU offers 66 bachelor's, 69 master's and 24 doctoral degrees through its six colleges: Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and Sciences. Academic programs that rank in the top 25 nationally include oceanography, nuclear physics, and modeling and simulation.

The 188 acres of Old Dominion's campus stretch from the Elizabeth River to the Lafayette River, and watching sunsets on the water is a natural pastime for our students. A sailing center on campus, located a stone's throw from the student residences Whitehurst Hall and Powhatan Apartments, is an excellent home for our national championship sailing team and offers any student or faculty member the chance to enjoy sailing and rowing throughout the year. A 60-foot boardwalk, pier, gazebo, picnic tables and sand volleyball courts complete this popular area for recreational and student activities. For those wanting to venture just beyond the confines of campus, Old Dominion is located just 20 miles from the resort city of Virginia Beach and 40 miles from historic Williamsburg.

Gardens, reflecting pools and a majestic lion fountain punctuate the grounds, and tree-lined walkways border a seven-acre green space at the center of campus, known as Kaufman Mall. Recent facilities that have been renovated or built include the Gornto TELETECHNET Center, Oceanography and Physics Building, Constant Hall (the home of the College of Business and Public Administration) and the Engineering and Computational Sciences Building. The recently expanded Perry Library, fully automated with more than 2.8 million items, features dazzling two-story glass windows that create an outdoor ambience and provide a sunny home for students and faculty in any season.

Old Dominion's 8,600-seat Ted Constant Convocation Center, which opened in fall 2002, has quickly become a popular landmark for both the campus and regional community. The centerpiece of ODU's University Village, a 75-acre development at the east end of campus, "The Ted" hosts everything from basketball games to commencements to concerts by nationally known performers. Nearby, students can choose to live in the attractive University Village Apartments, located above shops, restaurants and offices along Monarch Way.

There's a special sense of excitement you'll feel about the students at Old Dominion, derived in part from the rich tapestry of backgrounds, cultures and ages represented here. Our students hail from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Minority enrollment is at 33 percent. Communication and leadership in a diverse environment, along with a guaranteed internship program, are hallmarks of the ODU experience — and offer a true competitive edge to our graduates.

More than 14,000 undergraduates and nearly 7,000 graduate students study at Old Dominion. Several thousand students take classes at 60 sites throughout the commonwealth and several other states — even on Navy ships at sea — via TELETECHNET, our pioneering program of interactive satellite classroom broadcasts. Recognized as the largest televised, interactive distance learning program of its kind in the nation, TELETECHNET offers more than 25 degree programs. Classes taught at regional centers and military bases also attract a large number of students with military ties.

Approximately 600 full-time faculty bring a wealth of talents to our classrooms each day. Academic excellence is achieved through lively, provocative teaching, research and applied experience. Many faculty have been recognized with awards for teaching, research and service on both the state and national level. Research opportunities and collaborations abound at such area facilities as the NASA Langley Research Center, Norfolk Naval Base and the Jefferson Lab.

Faculty serve as the primary academic advisors to our students, beginning in the freshman year. These relationships offer a special opportunity for new students to understand their chosen majors, thanks to the insight and expertise only an experienced professor can offer.


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