The University of Notre Dame — Associate Provost for Enrollment

The University of Notre Dame, a leading American research university that offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate students the opportunity to pursue their academic endeavors in a scholarly community that is enriched by Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the associate provost for enrollment. 

The 2021-22 academic year has marked a new beginning for Notre Dame’s Enrollment Division as it moved into a building specifically designed for its needs. The new building enables students to immediately understand the Notre Dame community, its works as a premier research institution, and its mission as the only top national university with a focus on faith and personal formation. The next enrollment leader will be able to leverage the momentum generated by a new space, as well as the success of the Enrollment Division. Over the last 10 years, applications have increased 62% to an all-time high of 23,642 in 2021. This year’s entering class had an acceptance rate of 15%. A decade ago, the acceptance rate was 24.3%. The fall 2021 class is also the most diverse class in the University’s history, with U.S. students of color accounting for 31.6% of the class; international students requiring visas, 7.2%; and first-generation students and/or from low-income backgrounds, 20.1%.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and innovative enrollment leader. Reporting to Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, the associate provost will lead an experienced team of four direct reports and a divisional staff of 85, with a $16.8 million budget for operations and staff. The new leader will serve as an architect for undergraduate enrollment at Notre Dame as the University works to attract the best minds from around the world whose intellect is matched by their desire to make a meaningful contribution to society.

The new associate provost will have a commitment to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission and its tradition, and the capacity to connect those with the admissions and financial aid processes, building programs to identify and support students who will be “a force for good,” a phrase coined by Notre Dame’s founder, Fr. Edward Sorin. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of national and international contexts in higher education to provide a strategic vision for the future, as well as extensive experience with admissions and financial aid. It will be critical for the associate provost to bring creative thinking about how to meet Notre Dame’s goals on access and diversity. The new leader will exude genuine care for others; be a team player who is experienced in change management; and a skilled collaborator and exceptional communicator with the ability to contend and effectively communicate with a broad, complex, and vocal constituency, as well as an attentive media.

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is a private Catholic research university ranked among the nation’s top 20 institutions of higher education in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Time, Kiplinger’s, and Kaplan/Newsweek. The University’s 1,260-acre campus is located in the city of South Bend, Indiana, which offers a small-town feel with a number of big-city amenities including Broadway plays, first-rate musical and performance artists, and a vibrant and growing innovation culture. Approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend and the larger Michiana region are also home to ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. 

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 the profile available from this page.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Notre Dame in this search. Recruitment has begun and will continue until an appointment is made.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Shelley Arakawa, J.D., and Patricia Coleman
NotreDameAssocProvostEnrollment@wittkieffer.com

The University of Notre Dame is dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to the implementation of positive programs designed to ensure the prevention of any discriminatory practices, either intentional or inadvertent, with respect to race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, age, or sex. The University is completely committed to full compliance with the letter and spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other federal, state, and local laws concerning equal opportunities.

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