|Volume I Issue # 9|
|Monday, February 1, 1999
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Welcome back for another semester. I hope that the holiday vacation gave each of you the chance to relax, to enjoy your family, and to return to campus ready for new challenges. I know that I am rested and ready, so watch out!
The new year brought additional good news to the University. Mr. Jim Abbuhl, who has been consulting in Admissions for us and who worked with me for a number of years in Ohio, has agreed to become our Vice President for Enrollment Management. He will begin full-time in July. As most of you know, a portion of the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation gift is designed to fully fund this position and an enrollment marketing strategy.
Jim Abbuhl will be an excellent addition to our dedicated and hard-working Admissions staff, and we will be able to build upon our current marketing and recruitment strengths. Jim truly understands the enrollment management model, a model that approaches recruitment and retention with equal importance. He brings to our campus a recruitment system and retention strategies that will assist us in attaining our eventual enrollment goal: 750 students with 700 of those being full-time.
Those of you who met with Jim during his campus visits recognized the quality of his character and the depth of his expertise. You also know that he initially expressed no interest in this position. His change of heart can be credited to the friendly camaraderie he witnessed on our campus as well as to the bright future the University faces. Our announcement of the Walton gift certainly did not hurt either!
Included in our vision for this campus has been a systemic approach to strengthening academics, increasing faculty numbers and salaries, enhancing student life, enlarging the endowment and advancement initiatives, and stabilizing our finances and the budget. We are accomplishing our goals. With Jim Abbuhl's direction, we will be able to implement a systematic approach to enrollment management. He is an administrator with exemplary ethics, values, and character. Perceptive in his observations and proactive in his approach, Jim will, in a short time, become a valued member of our campus community and administrative team.
Rick Niece, Ph.D.
Public Relations Office,