June 08, 2007

Enrollment management candidate visits June 11

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Leon "Dean" Fisher, the third of four candidates seeking the position of assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be on campus for two days beginning Monday, June 11.

Fisher, like the other candidates, will make a presentation during an open forum on the topic, "Elements of a Successful Enrollment Management Program." This presentation is set for 3-4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Browne Auditorium in the Parkinson Laboratory building.

Fisher will also meet with the interim assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management, other university Administration officials, directors and staff of the offices of financial aid, records and registration, undergraduate admissions and new student programs, and academic and enrollment advisers.

The basic goals for enrollment management are attracting and retaining students. The assistant vice chancellor position reports to the provost/vice chancellor and oversees the directors of new student programs, undergraduate admissions, financial aid and records and registration.

Fisher is associate vice president for enrollment management at Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla., a position he began in 2004. Fisher has been with Rose State College since 1987, when he became assistant director of student financial aid. He has since served as associate registrar and associate director of admissions, director of student financial aid and student conduct, and dean of enrollment management. He began the administrative part of his career with the Oklahoma Student Loan Program in Oklahoma City in 1982 as a loan analyst.

Fisher comes with a teaching background. He has been an adjunct professor of history and the humanities at Rose State College since 1990 and is also an adjunct professor of humanities and philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2004. He is also a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma, where he has completed the general exam and is "all but dissertation completed." His master's and bachelor's of arts degrees, both in history, are from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1987 and 1982, respectively. He earned an associate in arts, general studies, from Rose State College in 1982. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid and the Student Aid Transcript. He also chairs a financial aid appeals committee, and has lectured on issues such as multiculturalism in the curriculum, concurrent enrollment for high school students and residency classification.

The two candidates who visited campus before Fisher are Steven Klein, vice president of enrollment and marketing for the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, and Don Kajcienski, who was vice president of marketing and enrollment services for Cleary University in Ann Arbor, Mich., before heading to the University of Nevada in Las Vegas to earn a doctoral degree in education.

Candidate Victoria Valle, most recently vice president of enrollment management and student affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute, comes to campus June 13-14.