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University of Idaho
Vice Provost
Strategic Enrollment Management


The University seeks a dynamic Chief Enrollment Officer who can articulate and implement a comprehensive, multi-year enrollment management plan to achieve the goals of the strategic plan; reflect the institutional mission; and ensure a diverse, academically talented student population.

Consensus-Builder ... Listener ... Data-Driven ... Experienced ... Communicator ... Motivator Leadership ... Financial Acumen ... Integrity ... Team Player ... Dynamic ... Results-Oriented Transparent ... Visionary ... Sincere ... Collaborative ... Change Agent


The Position

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, this newly established position will serve on the President’s Cabinet and provide the key voice for the student perspective. Working closely with the President, Provost, Vice President of Finance, and senior leadership team, and collaborating with colleagues across the institution and the entire University of Idaho system; the Vice Provost will formulate a feasible strategy to attain significant enrollment growth by 2025, as articulated in the University’s strategic plan.

Through a team approach, the Vice Provost will harness a diversity of thought, ideas, strengths, and resources to develop a broad, synergistic alignment of enrollment services within the University structure, and specify a clear set of goals and expectations for all units on campus. The Vice Provost will establish best practices and strategies that meet enrollment goals, enforce policies and procedures leading to successful recruitment and retention, and provide the support and training needed for the team to succeed in achieving their shared goals.

From the current individual units of recruiting, admissions, and retention, the Vice Provost will guide the development of a newly formed organizational structure. This new organizational unit will include the presently existing units of recruiting, enrollment marketing (jointly with University Communications and Marketing), financial aid, admissions, registrar’s office, student support services, tutoring, University advising office, Veteran student services, new student orientation, and the career center (including experiential learning such as co-ops and internships). Additionally, there is an opportunity to include other strategic units as appropriate based on input from the successful candidate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Meet jointly with the Provost and President on a monthly basis to discuss, strategize and monitor enrollment efforts including recruiting, retention, and graduation.

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive, multi-year enrollment plan for identifying and achieving enrollment and net tuition goals.

  • Assume responsibility for all aspects of new student recruitment and enrollment, including the strategic awarding of financial aid.

  • Provide quality data analysis to support University decision-making and ensure key strategic enrollment decisions are research-based and data driven.

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with high school, community college, state, regional, and advocacy groups and organizations.

  • Represent the University to prospective students and their parents and collaborate with constituencies on- and off-campus to positively contribute to recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts.

The Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a seasoned enrollment management professional who has worked in a similar role or is poised to take on such a role as a natural next step in career progression. This individual should possess experience in creating, developing, and leading student enrollment, including a successful record of increasing student enrollment in undergraduate and/or graduate programs. Superior interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work successfully with students, faculty, administration, and external constituents are of vital importance for this key role. A Master’s degree is required and an earned doctorate is preferred. For appropriately qualified individuals, an academic appointment is possible subject to normal internal vetting processes.

Core Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:


  • Exceptional ability to analyze, plan, coordinate, and articulate initiatives and vision.

  • Capability of directing and coordinating a broad range of constituents, many of which will report to Deans or other administrative units at the University.

  • Ability to manage and motivate a diverse professional staff and foster diversity in student and employee recruitment and retention efforts.

  • Extensive knowledge in data analysis and reporting.

  • Understanding of marketing and the development of marketing strategies.

  • Capacity to be a team player and to build a team.

The University

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers 12,000, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as higher research activity, University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in America by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. Over 2,500 faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor's, 88 Master's, and 32 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, the University actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With programs in all of the state's 44 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, agriculture, outreach, extension, and collaboration. The University provides access to publically supported medical education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine, and the College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. With its research and outreach centers, scientific and artistic advancements enrich lives. The University has more than 200 student organizations, more than 20 minority student groups, and is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men's and women's NCAA Division I sports.

For additional information about the University of Idaho, please view the website links below: 

Homepage, click here

Strategic Plan, click here

About and Did You Know, click here

University of Idaho Vice Provost Search Webpage, click here

Vice Provost Search Committee Membership, click here

The Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters, and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs, and many locally-owned restaurants.

Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Fresh Aire Concert Series, and Third Street Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The Renaissance Fair, a downtown Moscow favorite, celebrates the arrival of spring with artists, crafters, live music, and international foods.

The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a "great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, and more.

The Invitation

Application, confidential conversation, or nomination.


To apply, please submit a complete curriculum vitae; a letter of application summarizing your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position; and five professional references. Send your application materials to me at the email address below. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, June 24, 2016.


To arrange a day and time for a confidential conversation, simply email me at the address below and suggest a few days and times convenient with your schedule.


If a colleague comes to mind you feel might have an interest, I would welcome your nomination. Please forward your nomination to me at the email address below or call me.


Thank you for your consideration,                                                                                                                        

Gary R. Rhoads
Search Consultant                                                                                                                                                         




The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.


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