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The University of Toledo (UToledo), a student-centered metropolitan research university that is driven to think smarter, tackle challenges, and improve lives, seeks a visionary and strategic leader to serve as its new Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management.


UToledo is one of just 27 public research universities in the country to offer such a comprehensive menu of academic options with over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across the arts, business, education, engineering, law, medicine, natural sciences, nursing, and pharmacy. The puts an affordable and transformational degree within reach for more families and every member of the community is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. These are some of the reasons why UToledo is ranked a top performer in social mobility by U.S. News & World Report and among the highest compared to other Ohio public research universities for graduates’ income mobility.


The University of Toledo is the northernmost campus of the University System of Ohio and operates across multiple locations: the main campus in the Ottawa Hills and Old Orchard neighborhoods of Toledo; Health Science campus, which includes the University of Toledo Medical Center in West Toledo; the Center of Visual Arts in downtown Toledo; and a research and education facility known as the Lake Erie Center at Maumee Bay State Park. UToledo serves more than 15,000 students, drawing students from across the United States and over 80 countries. Campus life is fueled by the NCAA Division I Rocket Athletics that earned six Mid-American Conference championships in 2022-23 in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, and women’s cross country.


The Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management (VP SEM) reports to the President and will be based on the main campus. The VP SEM oversees approximately 80 staff members from the following functional areas: Undergraduate Admissions, Transfer Admission, International Admissions, Financial Aid, Rocket Solution Center, Enrollment Marketing and Communications, and Enrollment Research and Planning.


The VP SEM will step into an important institutional leadership role at an exciting time. For three consecutive semesters, UToledo has increased the number of new students and, most recently, welcomed one of the strongest academically prepared incoming classes. First-year retention rates have increased in addition to the undergraduate six-year graduation rate. As the institution builds for the future with the implementation of five-year strategic plan,, it seeks a leader who will effectively execute a strategic plan to grow enrollment, contribute to the advancement of student success, develop enrollment marketing strategies to communicate UToledo’s strengths and value, and create the infrastructure necessary to execute ambitious enrollment efforts in a competitive and evolving landscape.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in growing enrollment and have experience in managing the complex interplay of marketing and recruiting strategies, enrollment goals and revenue targets, yield, and financial aid. It will be expected that the new leader will be able to effectively engage a variety of constituents in a highly strategic and impactful approach to enrollment management including the trustees, President, senior administrators, faculty, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Athletics, among others, and be ready to play a vital and visible role as a member of the university’s senior leadership team. Management acumen, exceptional communication skills, analytical skills, and technological savvy are essential for success. A sense of urgency, competitive spirit, collaborative disposition, student-centered orientation, “can do” mentality, and a willingness to take risks and stand by tough decisions will be assets for this role.


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 leadership profile available at For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by June 18, 2024.


Nominations, inquiries, and application materials can be directed to: Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Darrien Davenport, Ed.D. at


The University of Toledo is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University of Toledo does not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, disability, familial status, or political affiliation.

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