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Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions (AVP/EDUA).

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and serving as a senior member of the Vice President’s leadership group, the new AVP/EDUA will be responsible for providing leadership and management of all aspects of the Undergraduate Admissions Office including: staff training and development, customer service, pool development, on and off campus programming, yield management, identifying and fully leveraging tools and technologies to improve back-end processing and the front-facing-user experience and creating, analyzing and utilizing data to funnel, frame and fuel recruitment and admissions strategy across 12 academic colleges at University Park and 19 Commonwealth Campuses. The AVP/EDUA is responsible for broad recruitment for the university and review of over 120,000 applications per year. This requires intentional and continuous collaboration with numerous units across the university including University Park academic colleges, Commonwealth Campuses, World Campus, Penn State Global, Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, Educational Equity, University Outreach as well as others involved with identifying, attracting, yielding and enrolling the entering class. 

The new AVP/EDUA will be an internal leader and mentor to the Undergraduate Admissions staff and an enthusiastic external representative for the value of a Penn State education. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader of people and programs who displays progressive leadership in the field of admissions. Sincere personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning and effective allocation of resources are essential to this position. Penn State seeks a leader who engages, inspires and supports staff; leads with transparency and inclusivity; makes data informed decisions; communicates effectively; and collaborates with others across the university. A master’s degree and experience at a large, complex university is preferred.

The Pennsylvania State University, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university. Penn State’s land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society. As an extraordinary, 21st-century, global institution, Penn State has an impressive depth, breadth, and variety of collaborative talent across disciplines, along with tremendous resolve and energy. With all key stakeholders working together, the elements are in place for Penn State to extend its reach and impact through teaching and learning, research, and service.

Inquiries and nominations may be directed to WittKieffer consultants Lisa Meyer, Kati Sweaney and Jess Cummings at

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a résumé and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, which can be found at Applications should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 31, 2023.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.