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Vice President for Enrollment Management

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Application deadline: March 31, 2020

Senior Consultant: Pamela Balch

Senior Consultant: Stacey Morgan Foster

Associate Consultant: Christy Scott

Vice President for Enrollment Management Search


Black Hills State University (BHSU) invites nominations for and applications from individuals interested in assuming a newly created position of Vice President for Enrollment Management.  The Vice President for Enrollment Management (VPEM), as a cabinet level position, will play a critical role in Black Hills State University’s success as the University advances under the leadership of the new President, Dr. Laurie Nichols. The VPEM will join a team of talented leaders, including the Provost (who is being recruited on the same timeline), Vice President for Finance and Administration, Vice President for University Advancement, Executive Director of the BHSU Rapid City campus, Director of University and Community Relations, and the Athletic Director.


Black Hills State University is the third largest institution in the South Dakota unified system of public higher education and the largest university in the “west river” region (west of the Missouri River). Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota in Spearfish, with an additional campus in nearby Rapid City, BHSU is home to 3,858 students, 131 full-time and 86 adjunct faculty, and 243 staff members. BHSU is a comprehensive institution offering 65 bachelors, nine masters, and seven associate degree programs through three colleges: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business and Natural Sciences, and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

The Vice President for Enrollment Management will lead a dynamic team of professionals with a comprehensive portfolio that includes traditional enrollment management units as well as retention services.  The new VPEM position was created out of the realization that better coordination and focus on outreach, retention and graduation would provide a strong foundation for excellence in student success.  The successful candidate will possess strong management skills, a visionary and optimistic perspective, and a command of best practices for strategic enrollment planning.

More information about Black Hills State University, the region, and the qualifications for the next VPEM is provided in the search profile, available for download here: Vice President for Enrollment Management, BHSU.

The position is open until filled, but only applications received by March 31, 2020 will be given full consideration. Applications should include 1) a detailed cover letter addressing the priorities and qualifications for the position; 2) a current curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information and an explanation of the working relationship. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to

Black Hills State University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Stacey Morgan Foster, J.D., Senior Consultant  (

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