Washington State University — Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and comprehensive public research institution with multiple campuses and aspirations to be one of the top 25 public universities in the nation, seeks an inspirational, enterprising, and strategic leader to serve as its new Vice Provost for Enrollment Management (VPEM). As the chief enrollment officer for the WSU system, the Vice Provost will help lead the university through and beyond one of the most challenging and disruptive times in higher education brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and better position WSU for the future. The VPEM will work with leaders across all campuses to set an overarching enrollment strategy and develop an enrollment plan that will help propel WSU towards its goals, leveraging the strengths and aspirations of the different campuses, and anticipating the needs of Washington’s diverse and dynamic economy.

From its founding in Pullman in 1890, WSU has expanded its presence across the State and is clearly identified as Washington’s land-grant university. As such, the University seeks to improve the quality of life on a local, national, and global scale, and is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. The University enrolls nearly 31,700 students, employs more than 7,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff statewide, and offers several highly ranked academic programs on its five physical campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett) and online through the Global Campus. WSU Extension offices are located in each of the state’s 39 counties, and the University operates Research and Extension Centers in key agricultural areas. WSU offers 95 academic majors for undergraduates, 79 master’s degree programs, and 63 doctoral degree programs, as well as professional degree programs in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

This is an exciting time to join the WSU team under the strategic and forward-looking leadership of Provost Elizabeth Chilton, who will be officially joining the University this summer, President Kirk Schulz, who became the University’s 11th president in June 2016, and the WSU leadership team. Shortly after his arrival, President Schulz announced the Drive to 25, which calls for WSU to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement, by 2030. WSU is also finalizing its first system-wide strategic plan for 2020-2025. Student success and enrollment are key to the success of both plans, and the VPEM will be expected to develop a comprehensive and ambitious system-wide enrollment management strategy and plan that will support the University’s goals of access, academic excellence, inclusion, and achievement. The VPEM will help WSU achieve its vision and will address the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Develop an overarching enrollment strategy and a comprehensive strategic enrollment management plan for the six-campus WSU system
  • Craft a class for the Pullman campus that delivers on enrollment management goals
  • Cultivate a team and sense of community in support of enrollment goals
  • Optimize enrollment management systems, policies, procedures, and technology
  • Be a key partner in student success initiatives

The successful candidate should have 10 years of progressive enrollment management leadership experience in higher education with a distinctive record of achievement in strategic enrollment and student success efforts. A Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, education administration, counseling, psychology, or a closely related field is preferred.

Washington State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/7543. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti, Lindsay Gold, and Hayden Lizotte
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, especially disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.