UM to Interview Vice President for Enrollment/Student Affairs Candidates

March 17, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will interview four candidates this month for the position of vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. The candidates are:

  • Andrew Hanson, vice president for student affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
  • John Fletcher, associate provost in Enrollment Services at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
  • M. Neil Woolf, associate vice president of enrollment management at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
  • Thomas Crady, vice president for enrollment management at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.     

UM’s vice president for enrollment management and student affairs will oversee enrollment management functions, student support and advocacy areas, and auxiliary operations. Responsibilities range from developing effective strategies to help UM recruit and retain students to overseeing the offices currently in the Division of Student Affairs. That sector includes operations such as Campus Recreation, Curry Health Center, Residence Life, UM Dining and offices that serve veterans, Native American students and students with disabilities.

The incoming vice president will succeed Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch, who will retire this spring after 13 years of service to UM.

All interested parties are welcome to attend public forums with the candidates. Each will give brief remarks to be followed by a question-and-answer period. The forums will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 21 – Andrew Hanson, University Center Theater.
  • Thursday, March 24 – John Fletcher, Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Monday, March 28 – M. Neil Woolf, University Center Theater.
  • Wednesday, March 30 – Thomas Crady, University Center Theater.

Hanson has served as the chief student affairs, enrollment and institutional compliance officer at Lewis-Clark State College since August 2012. Since 1991, he has worked most of his career at LCSC, serving in capacities such as dean of student services, director of recruitment and retention, and coordinator of student success programs. He also was assistant director of New Student Services at the University of Idaho from 1994 to 1996. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from UI.

Fletcher has worked as an associate provost with Enrollment Services at East Carolina University since 2010. Before that, he spent more than two decades at Auburn University in Alabama, serving in roles such as executive director of Enrollment Services, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management Services and registrar. He also worked various roles at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1981 to 1988. He holds a Doctor of Education from Auburn.

Woolf has worked as associate vice president for enrollment management at Eastern Washington University since 2013. From 2008 to 2013, he was director of enrollment services and director of financial aid and student employment at Nevada State College in Henderson. He also was a senior research analyst for the Nevada System of Higher Education from 2005 to 2008, and he worked various positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 2001 to 2008. He holds a Doctor of Education from UNLV.

Crady has served as vice president for enrollment management at Gustavus Adolphus College since 2010. He was dean of the college at Dartmouth College from 2008 to 2009. He worked at Grinnell College in Iowa from 1982 to 2007, serving in roles such as vice president for student services, acting dean of admissions and financial aid, and associate dean of student affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Iowa State University.

More information and a full resume for each candidate are online at http://www.umt.edu/president/VPEMSA%20Search.php.

Contact: Peggy Kuhr, UM search committee co-chair, 406-243-2311, peggy.kuhr@umontana.edu; Sheila Stearns, UM search committee co-chair, sheila@modwest.com.