Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), a private, nonprofit, community founded, student-centered university in Los Angeles, California, is seeking an inaugural vice provost for enrollment management.

A private university with a public mission, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science was founded in 1966 in the wake of the Watts Uprising with a vision of creating a world without health disparities. Comprised of three colleges – the College of Medicine, the College of Science and Health, and the Mervyn M. Dymally College of Nursing – CDU offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and certificate programs across a range of health and medical professions.

CDU’s story is truly one of transforming lives and shaping the future of healthcare. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized CDU as the second-most diverse private nonprofit university in the nation. Over 80% of CDU students and over 70% of CDU faculty are from communities of color. CDU has earned designation as a minority-serving institution (MSI) and a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI). One of only four Historically Black Medical Colleges, CDU is also a charter Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools member as well as a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. More than 80% of CDU graduates state that they will return to practice and provide much-needed care in underserved and under-resourced communities.

Reporting to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, the vice provost for enrollment management will be asked to build on CDU’s achievements, further the university’s powerful mission, and optimize the future for CDU as articulated in the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan. In particular, the vice provost will be required to develop a strategic plan for transformational enrollment growth, cultivate collaborative partnerships to boost enrollment efforts, provide leadership and support for the enrollment management team, and enhance data management capabilities and expand evidence based decision-making processes.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a track record of success in enrollment leadership, with a preference for those who have operated in the health professions or STEM space. It will be important for the vice provost to have a thorough understanding of and dedication to CDU’s mission and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Knowledge of best practices in enrollment and expected national demographic changes and insight to expand opportunities and grow new markets; an understanding of predictive modeling, student demographics, net tuition revenue, and pricing forecasts in order to achieve institutional aspirations and enrollment and budget goals; and proven success harnessing technology in inventive and productive ways to increase access, reach, and efficiency will be essential for success. The vice provost will have a hunger for transformational change, the ability to lead that change, and talent for helping colleagues navigate change. A willingness to lead with vision and confidence; the ability to build and motivate a team and skill in cultivating the talents of team members; and a commitment to communicating with frequency, transparency, and candor will be assets for the 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 profile available at Review of materials has begun and will continue until an appointment has been made. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be submitted as soon as possible.

This position offers a base salary of approximately $220,000 – $270,000. The final salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Shelley Arakawa, J.D. and Kati Sweaney

Charles R. Drew University is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.

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