The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the lush mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution, UVa-Wise is nationally-accredited and has been nationally-ranked among top public liberal art colleges in the U.S.  UVa-Wise is home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering. UVa-Wise offers 31 majors, 37 minors, and 17 teaching licensures.  Established in 1954 as a division of the University of Virginia, it is guided by the values of citizenship and altruism. Proud of its Appalachian heritage, the College continues to honor its commitment of service to Southwest Virginia, the nation, and the world. The College is guided by a legacy of teaching and scholarly excellence and by a dedication to quality in both the arts and sciences and professional programs. Above all, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a diverse community of people who believe that information can be transformed into knowledge and that teaching and learning create a foundation for wisdom.

The Community

The Wise community has social and cultural roots that trace back through generations of US history. The historic downtown and Main Street area is home to an array of historically significant buildings, locally-owned shops, and mouth-watering dining options. Stunning mountain vistas and abundant scenic spaces also make Wise a haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, camping, and fishing.

While physically remote and largely rural, the Wise community is full of people leading globally relevant lives. The symbiotic relationship and community culture established between the town of Wise and UVa-Wise’s faculty and students is a strong one that will continue for years to come.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor/Associate VC for Enrollment Management will utilize current trends, best practices and previous experience to target and grow UVa-Wise’s student body. Key responsibilities include developing a strategic enrollment management plan, broadening the visibility of the College and leveraging branding and new media marketing strategies; and leading the Office of Enrollment Management while maintaining compliance with federal, state, university, and College policies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree;
  • Minimum of five years of leadership experience in enrollment management;
  • Proven success in setting and meeting enrollment goals; 
  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in recruitment of traditional and other student populations, financial aid administration, and scholarship leveraging;
  • Knowledge of technological tools and systems used to support and deliver programs and services to prospective and current students;
  • Strategic understanding of technology and social media in student marketing, recruitment, and engagement;
  • An understanding and appreciation of the College’s liberal arts mission;
  • Demonstrated success managing, empowering, motivating, and mentoring staff;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to develop and maintain effective, collaborative professional relationships with campus leaders, faculty, and staff to ensure College-wide collaborative enrollment efforts.

Application Procedure

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior by April 3, 2019.  For additional information, please contact:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Rich McNeal, Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 x109 or x112 |

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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