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The College of Wooster

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The College of Wooster

Vice President for Enrollment Management

The College of Wooster announces the search for its next Vice President for Enrollment Management and invites nominations for and applications from exceptional candidates to lead enrollment efforts for one of America's most distinguished residential liberal arts colleges.

The College of Wooster is the nation's premier college for mentored undergraduate research and the most internationalized campus in Ohio. Wooster offers an extraordinary and comprehensive liberal arts education in a spirited residential setting, culminating in every student creating new knowledge through our Independent Study (I.S.), a rigorous, in-depth project of inquiry or creative expression. Currently, international students make up 14 percent of Wooster's total enrollment and hail from 76 countries. U.S. students of color account for 24 percent of the student body. Of those students from the United States, 30% of incoming Wooster students for the Class of 2027 were eligible for Pell grants. Backed by strong endowment performance (now valued at over $412 million), Wooster is proud to deliver average financial aid awards of over $50,000. Wooster boasts a thriving residential community, where students live on campus all four years.

The College employs 179 full-time faculty who serve as teachers, researchers, and mentors to our diverse student body. Faculty and administration operate in a shared governance environment, and the faculty-to-student ratio is 11 to 1. Wooster's faculty include world class educators whose research informs and enriches the student experience in the classroom, the lab, the field, and above all in the one-on-one mentoring of senior Independent Study. Faculty oversee more than 50 academic programs in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including new interdisciplinary Pathways. Wooster employs over 300 talented and dedicated staff to support the teaching mission of the College.

The City of Wooster, a vibrant Main Street community of roughly 30,000, is located approximately 50 miles from Cleveland, 90 miles from Columbus and 35 miles from Akron and boasts a strong, diversified economy, two major hospital systems, a downtown full of great restaurants and shops, and easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities. It's a short drive to Ohio State's Secrest Arboretum, the mountain biking trails at Vulture's Knob, and the 1,000-acre Mohican State Park. Wooster ranks in the Top 20 of 543 micropolitan areas in the U.S. by Policom—a measure of Economic Strength that looks at the long-term tendency for an area to consistently grow in both size and quality. Money Magazine ranked Wooster #37 out of 100 in its 2017 Best Places to Live.

The Vice President for Enrollment Management is a key leadership position within the institution, with central responsibility for attracting students to fulfill the College's mission as a liberal arts college, meet revenue goals, and present Wooster's high-quality programs and exceptional outcomes to prospective students, parents, the higher education community, and the public. The Vice President for Enrollment Management reports to the President and serves on the President's Cabinet. They will join a campus community that includes passionate and expert faculty, a dedicated and talented staff, and engaged students.

More information about the College of Wooster and the VPEM search, including full lists of responsibilities and qualifications, is available at

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a substantial letter of interest, a resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

The position is open until filled but only applications received by Friday, August 2, 2024, can be assured full consideration. The College is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo and Chris Butler at Further information about the College of Wooster is available at

It is the policy of The College of Wooster to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment, and to take affirmative action to employ and to advance in employment all persons, regardless of their status, and to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements. This policy applies to all employment actions, including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Employees of and applicants to The College of Wooster will not be subject to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination because they have engaged or may engage in filing a complaint, assisting in a review, investigation, or hearing or have otherwise sought to obtain their legal rights related to any federal, state, or local laws regarding EEO for minorities, females, qualified individuals with disabilities, or qualified protected veterans.

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The College of Wooster is an independent residential liberal arts college offering a rigorous and comprehensive education to students with the capacity and motivation to become educated leaders in a complex society. Nationally recognized for its focus on independent learning, Wooster has for more than 50 years required every graduate to complete a significant Independent Study project. Wooster values co-education, diversity in its many forms, a global perspective, and the heritage arising from its origin as a college founded by Presbyterians.


Mission Statement

Our institutional purpose
Why we exist and what we seek to accomplish

The College of Wooster is a community of independent minds, working together to prepare students to become leaders of character and influence in an interdependent global community. We engage motivated students in a rigorous and dynamic liberal education. Mentored by a faculty nationally recognized for excellence in teaching, Wooster graduates are creative and independent thinkers with exceptional abilities to ask important questions, research complex issues, solve problems, and communicate new knowledge and insight.

Wooster’s Core Values

Education in the Liberal Arts Tradition

We believe that the most valuable approach to undergraduate education engages each student in a course of study that cultivates curiosity and develops independent judgment, creativity, breadth, depth, integration of knowledge, and intellectual skills in the tradition of liberal education tuned for the contemporary era.

A Focus on Research and Collaboration

At Wooster, faculty and students are co-learners, collaborating in liberal inquiry. Our faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching is nationally recognized for enabling students to realize their full potential as engaged scholars. We embrace unique pedagogical principles at Wooster: that research and teaching are integrated forms of inquiry, and that faculty and students share a common purpose in their pursuits of knowledge, insight, and creative expression.

A Community of Learners

Wooster is a residential liberal arts college. As such, we believe the learning process unfolds on our campus and beyond, in conversations in classrooms and residence halls, libraries and studios, laboratories and on playing fields, and through the relationships that develop between and among students, faculty and staff and which endure long after graduation. We recognize that the very process of living together educates, and that much of the learning that is part of our mission takes place through artistic expression, the performance of music, theater, and dance, athletics, community involvement, and in the myriad student organizations that infuse vitality in campus life. We embrace a holistic philosophy of education and seek to nurture the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of our students.

Independence of Thought

We are a community of independent minds, working together. We place the highest value on collegiality, collaboration, openness to persons and ideas in all of their variety, and the free exchange of different points of view. We vigorously champion academic freedom, and seek to sustain a campus culture where the understanding of each is made more complete through an on-going process of dialogue with others who think differently.

Social and Intellectual Responsibility

As a community of learners, we hold ourselves to high standards of sound evidence, careful reasoning, proper attribution, and intellectual and personal integrity in all activities of teaching, learning, research, and governance. We recognize the privilege of being able, collectively, to pursue the mission of the College. We therefore seek to extend the benefits of learning beyond the campus and beyond ourselves, endeavoring to analyze problems, create solutions, exercise civic and intellectual leadership, and contribute to the welfare of humanity and the environment.

Diversity and Inclusivity

Wooster actively seeks students, faculty, and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds, starting places, experiences, and beliefs. We believe that achieving our educational purpose is only possible in a diverse community of learners. Therefore, we value members who bring a diversity of identities and beliefs to our common purpose, and who reflect a diversity of voices as varied as those our students will engage upon graduation.


Vision Statement

The future to which we aspire

Our collective endeavor is to prosper as a distinguished independent liberal arts college, to thrive as a vigorous intellectual community, and to create a reputation that reflects our achievements. We seek to be leaders in liberal learning, building on our tradition of graduating independent thinkers who are well prepared to seek solutions to significant problems, to create and communicate new knowledge and insight, and to make significant contributions to our complex and interdependent world.


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