Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success (SEMSS)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks applications and nominations for the position of vice president for strategic enrollment management and student success (VP SEMSS). Reporting to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the VP SEMSS will lead the University's efforts to recruit, retain and graduate students and fulfill the priorities of VCU's Strategic Enrollment Management Plan. Under the leadership of a new VP SEMSS, VCU will continue on its path of becoming a recognized national model of student access and success among research universities. The VP SEMSS will provide leadership focus on strategy and planning related to key initiatives and on creating a holistic experience for all students — from application for admission through timely degree attainment. As a member of the president’s cabinet and the provost’s senior leadership team, the VP SEMSS will be a highly collaborative leader with the professional currency and communication skills to guide ongoing institution-wide conversation about the vision, goals and strategy for enrollment management and student success.

The successful candidate will possess great analytical and technological depth, the ability to improve upon every metric in the enrollment spectrum, a working knowledge of current national issues in student success, a commitment to keeping student welfare always at the forefront and a proven capacity for pairing enrollment and student success priorities with institutional values and aspirations. The new VP SEMSS will also be a strong collaborator with superior interpersonal communication skills and an ability to garner the trust and confidence of senior leaders, faculty, campus constituents and division staff.

Search Committee


Naomi Boyd, Ph.D., Dean of VCU School of Business

Grant J. Heston, Vice President for Enterprise Marketing and Communications

Search Committee Members

Norm Bedford, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services, SEMSS

Chimene Boone, Ph.D., Executive Director, TRIO Programs

Stevara Clark, Ed.D., ​Acting Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, School of Social Work

Tomika Ferguson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, School of Education

Katherine Drumm, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for University Advising and Technologies, SEMSS

Sybil C. Halloran, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management, SEMSS

Alena Hampton, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Success, College of Health Professions

Aaron Hart, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

James Mays, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Sciences

Vamsi Yadavalli, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.