Carnegie Mellon University — Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Carnegie Mellon University, a private, global research university, stands among the world’s most renowned educational institutions. The University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the inaugural position of Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.

Since its founding in 1900, Carnegie Mellon University has been a place that doesn’t just imagine the future; it creates it. CMU’s seven schools and colleges challenge 16,799 curious and passionate students and 1,499 acclaimed faculty members to make an impact by solving real-world problems. With strengths at the intersection of technology and humanity, CMU is intent on using its tradition in innovation, solving real-world problems and interdisciplinary collaboration to respond to society’s greatest issues with a trademark fearlessness.

Carnegie Mellon is positioned to meet the challenges of an evolving and changing world. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a hot spot for entrepreneurship and model for future cities, CMU also has sites in Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Qatar and Rwanda. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), CMU generates more than $400 million in research annually and ranks No. 22 for national universities in U.S. News & World Report — with many of its programs ranking among the top in the world. This is a global community, with students hailing from 127 countries, faculty representing 63 countries and alumni representing 147 countries.

Undergraduate enrollment has transformed over the years. Between 2016 and 2021, the number of applications increased by 62%, and the admit rate decreased by approximately 10%. With the creation of an inaugural Vice Provost for Enrollment Management role and an Office of Enrollment Management, Carnegie Mellon is designing a new structure to address the increasing demand and complexity of the enrollment landscape. The new leader will develop an enrollment strategy that supports the full student lifecycle from prospect to alumni and appreciates the critical role that enrollment plays in extending the reputation and impact of the University. Providing access to education and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational for CMU, and the Vice Provost must demonstrate a commitment to and success in building and sustaining a community that embraces those core values. The Vice Provost will report to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer and lead a division that currently includes Undergraduate Admission, Student Financial Services, University Registrar, Enrollment Systems, The HUB (CMU’s one-stop-shop for enrollment services) and the Office of International Education.

This is a transformational opportunity for a national thought leader and experienced manager who has a long-term vision and the superior analytical skills to address the issues of demographic shifts, access and affordability. A collaborative, transparent and forward-thinking approach will be essential to establish trust and cooperative partnerships across a large, complex and decentralized institution. The Vice Provost should have a record of accomplishment in exploring entrepreneurial tactics to enhance enrollment efforts as well as the skill to partner with senior leadership in support of undergraduate enrollment priorities. While the admission component of the role will focus on undergraduates, the enrollment services components serve both undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate will help strategize with the colleges, schools and departments in supporting their graduate admission initiatives and provide coordination to create a comprehensive overview of graduate admissions and enrollment. The new leader will bring new ideas and strategies and manage change by investing deeply in relationships with divisional staff and constituents across the institution. Confidence, humility, nimbleness and resourcefulness will be essential for success. 

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 Carnegie Mellon University in this search which will remain open until the position is filled.

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

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield, Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Ashlee Winters Musser
CMU-VPEM@wittkieffer.com

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the university ombudsman, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-1018.

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