THE OPPORTUNITY

Randolph College is an institution committed to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The College believes that the breadth and depth of the liberal arts bear as directly as ever on the needs of its students, who in a changing society must be competent, flexible, and strong. Within the traditional framework of liberal studies, the College offers students a challenging, enlightened, supportive, and inspiring environment in which to gain knowledge, pursue personal growth, and prepare for their futures.

The College not only fosters the intellectual growth of students, but by virtue of its small size supports the student’s growth in personal integrity and in ethical and social responsibility. Concern for the individual fosters the atmosphere of caring valued so highly by the Randolph community.

Randolph is a community where students, faculty, and administrators share a common purpose: the pursuit of excellence in educating leaders for the global society of the 21st century. To this end, the College has developed The Randolph Plan focused on providing high quality and personalized advising to students. The Plan connects a student’s college journey from orientation to commencement and provides a process for addressing short and long range personal, educational, and professional goals. Across their four years, Randolph students work closely with their advisor to choose the classes, co-curricular activities, study abroad opportunities, and internships to help explore interests and pursue their passions. Each experience serves as a guide for students as they navigate their own journey toward graduation.

The Position

ROLE OF THE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION

Reporting to the vice president for enrollment management, the director of admission (director) serves as an active member of the enrollment leadership team and is responsible for recruiting and enrolling talented first-year and transfer students to the College. Supervising a staff of seven full-time staff who work with and support prospective students, the director will hire, train, and provide professional development opportunities and mentoring to all admission staff members. The director will be expected to work closely with institutional colleagues to meet enrollment goals and to be an effective collaborator, working with partners across campus. The comprehensive portfolio of the position, coupled with the supportive culture of the College, will provide an admission leader the opportunity to grow while advancing Randolph College’s enrollment and retention goals.

In collaboration with the vice president, the director is responsible for the development, oversight, and implementation of the recruitment strategies, admission policies, and yield management practices in support of Randolph’s annual and longer term enrollment goals. Additionally, the director of admission will demonstrate by example a clear commitment to providing excellent customer service, reinforcing Randolph’s commitment to a student-centered education.

The director of admission will serve alongside the vice president, the director of admission operations, and the director of financial aid in divisional goal setting, strategic planning and ongoing improvement of the Enrollment Management division. Specifically, the director will be expected to:

  • implement, direct, supervise, and evaluate undergraduate outreach and recruitment efforts and strategies;
  • train, supervise, and evaluate two associate directors, one assistant director, and four admission counselors;
  • direct and monitor the admission of U.S. and international first year and transfer applicants;
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of admission policies, practices, and procedures;
  • represent the College and office of admission to prospective students, their families, high school counselors, and community college partners;
  • serve as a liaison for collaboration between the office of admission, faculty, athletics coaches, and marketing and communications staff; and
  • actively participate in national and state associations such as National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PC ACAC), among others, to stay informed of trends and research.

HISTORY OF THE POSTION

Nelson Davis, the former director of admission, left Randolph College in late fall 2018. The position is currently being filled on a contracted interim basis by Alick Letang, an independent enrollment management consultant from Connecticut. Letang was asked by the vice president for enrollment management to serve as the interim director of admission beginning in December 2018, and will continue in the position through June 2019.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

A bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred), as well as substantial documented professional experience in undergraduate admission and staff management are required. The ideal candidate will have broad undergraduate recruitment experience, appreciate and seek to expand diversity among staff and the student body, and be able to optimize technology to support a strategic, outcomes-focused territory management model. The ability to manage, motivate, and evaluate staff, as well as collaborate with staff and faculty, is essential.

In order to succeed in this important position, campus stakeholders indicated the new director of admission would be:

  • an energetic professional who enjoys the work and has high professional standards;
  • one who has a demonstrated ability to develop strategy, design tactics, and implement recruitment and yield plans effectively;
  • one who has solid admission operations and technical competencies;
  • one who values data and data-driven decisions and who will be an active partner with the vice president for enrollment management in establishing and achieving institutional enrollment goals;
  • one who is adept at supporting and managing change and can improve upon existing operations and practices;
  • one who has excellent goal-setting skills and can establish processes to achieve those goals;
  • one who has the ability to understand, use, and train colleagues to leverage core technology such as a CRM and other applications necessary for effectively recruiting a first-year and transfer class;
  • one who has experience collaborating with athletic coaches and staff in coordinating recruitment and enrollment activities;
  • one who has social intelligence and will mentor and lead the admission team;
  • one who is a risk-taker and accountable and, in turn, expects accountability from the team;
  • one who is a champion of a career-focused liberal arts education;
  • one who is confident and diplomatic in communications with executive officers and board members;
  • one who has an innovative approach to engaging with today’s prospective students and will work to enhance communications so that students and their families can make well-considered decisions;
  • ideally, one who has experience working at a tuition-driven institution with finite financial resources;
  • one who is a fresh thinker who will collaborate with Randolph College faculty to develop undergraduate pipeline programs;
  • one who is an effective communicator with the public;
  • one who has a sense of humor and can build an enjoyable working environment;
  • one who is sensitive to and educated regarding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • one who has deep empathy for the student experience and is flexible with staff; and
  • one who will take time to understand Randolph College’s culture, strengths, and unique value propositions.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

There are several aspects of the role of director of admission in which the new professional will need to be prepared to lead. These include:

  • Building a strong, high functioning team through mentoring, team building, and professional development.
  • Transforming the office into a data-driven unit that regularly uses technology resources, territory management, and yield strategies in a thoughtful manner.
  • Building on and strengthening Randolph College’s transfer and international admission programs.
  • Expanding Randolph’s geographic reach in its recruitment activities, including international markets.
  • Establishing collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with the College Relations/Communications team and faculty leadership in support of the College’s enrollment and retention goals.
  • Strengthening the working relationship with campus partners, including faculty and colleagues in Athletics, Student Affairs, and College Relations.
  • Evaluating the utilization and efficacy of the office’s technology infrastructure, including admission CRM and integration with the student information, financial aid management, and athletics systems.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after joining Randolph College, the following items will initially define success for the new director of admission:

  • The director has established strong working relationships and partnerships with the vice president for enrollment management, division colleagues, students, and alumni.
  • The director has implemented a comprehensive training and development program for the admission team, resulting in a spirit of collaboration and shared purpose as well as a clear understanding of each admission staff member’s roles and expectations.
  • The director has reviewed organizational strengths and weaknesses and has demonstrated the ability to manage short-term change and long-term planning for the department.
  • Positive collaborations between the office of Admission and other key areas of the College, including Student Affairs, College Relations, Athletics, and Academic Affairs are evident.
  • The director has worked closely with the vice president for enrollment management to optimize recruitment and enrollment strategies that will meet the institution’s annual strategic enrollment and net tuition revenue goals.
  • The director has observed, reviewed, and assessed the functionality and utilization of the existing Hobson’s Connect CRM and developed a proposal for transition to a new CRM.

RANDOLPH COLLEGE OFFICE OF ADMISSION: AN OVERVIEW

The director of admission reports to the vice president for enrollment management, Michael Quinn. There are seven staff positions and a number of student assistants reporting up to the director. The current staffing model of the office of admission is as follows:

Director of Admission

  • Senior Associate Director of Admission
  • Associate Director of Admission, Events, and Visits
    • 14 student staff/tour guides
  • Assistant Director of Admission
  • Four Admission Counselors

The director collaborates with the enrollment management leadership team to plan and manage an annual operating budget of approximately $570,000.

Key activities and priorities of the office include the following:

  • Process and evaluate applications for admission. The office receives close to 2,000 applications each year for admission to the undergraduate and graduate programs. The director of admission is responsible for reviewing undergraduate applications for admission and making an admission recommendation to the vice president for enrollment management. Applications that do not meet the College’s admission requirements but show particular promise are referred to the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee is comprised of a faculty representative, a member of the Student Affairs team, the coordinator of disability services, and director of admission.
  • Manage the College’s new student recruitment territories. Virginia is the primary geographic market for Randolph, with 76 percent of students identifying as Virginia residents. The admission team currently focuses on recruiting out-of-state students from North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
  • Represent Randolph College at local and regional recruitment events. The admission team conducts approximately 147 high school visits and attends approximately 100 college fairs in Virginia and across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
  • Plan and implement prospective student open house events. The Office of Admission hosts two fall and three spring open house events, including the option for overnight visits with Randolph students.
  • Plan and implement Admitted Student yield events. The admission team hosts two Admitted Student Days in the spring term, with the option for overnight stays with Randolph students.
  • Coordinate integration of data and communication between key systems. Randolph College uses Hobsons Connect as its CRM and has engaged Spark451 as its application generation vendor. At this time Hobsons does not communicate directly with the College’s financial aid management system (PowerFAIDS), the student information system (Ellucian PowerCampus), or the athletics management system (Front Rush).
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Randolph College has a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) with VCCS and is aiming to double its transfer student population within the next 2-3 years. Articulation agreements with Virginia community colleges are not in place at this time.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Athletics coaches and staff. Given that 53 percent of Randolph students are scholar-athletes, the admission team is expected to work closely with athletics coaches and staff to coordinate enrollment and roster management activities.

OVERVIEW OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT DIVISION

Michael Quinn, Vice President of Enrollment

Michael Quinn became Randolph College’s vice president for enrollment management in 2012, having previously served as the College’s vice president for constituent relations and assistant vice president for college relations. He oversees the College’s admission and enrollment operations, including recruitment, retention, and financial aid. Prior to Randolph College, he was vice president for development and communications at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire.

Quinn earned a BA in English from State University of New York College at Buffalo and an MA in English from Binghamton University. He is active in the Lynchburg community, having served on the Campaign Cabinet of United Way of Central Virginia; as board member, president, and trustee of the endowment for the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library; and as BSA Troop 29 committee chair.

Institution & Location

RANDOLPH COLLEGE: AN OVERVIEW

Founding

Randolph College was founded as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (R-MWC) in 1891 by William Waugh Smith, then president of Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) in Ashland, Virginia. After his efforts to enroll women at R-MC failed, Smith searched the state for a place to create “a college where our young women may obtain an education equal to that given in our best colleges for young men and under environments in harmony with the highest ideals of womanhood.”

The institution opened for its first session in Lynchburg on September 14, 1893, with 36 boarding students and 12 professors. Both R-MC and R-MWC were named for John Randolph, who was born in Prince George County, Virginia, and Senator Nathaniel Macon of Warrenton, North Carolina. Both men were widely respected for their political roles in the early 19th century.

R-MWC was founded under the charter of Randolph-Macon College, which was established 61 years before with the encouragement and financial support of the Methodist Church. Although R-MC and R-MWC established separate boards of trustees in 1953, both colleges have maintained their historic ties to the United Methodist Church.

Acclaim

The College received acclaim for its academic strength early in its history. In 1902, R-MWC was the first women’s college to be admitted to the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Southern States. And in 1916, R-MWC was the first women’s college south of the Potomac to receive a Phi Beta Kappa charter. It was admitted to the membership in the American Association of University Women in 1919.

During its history, R-MWC stood among other regional single-sex colleges as “the academic” woman’s college. In the 1990s, the College earned distinction for its growing international focus. The Board of Trustees made the decision to change the College name and go coed in September of 2006, following several years of a strategic planning process, research, and deliberation. R-MWC became Randolph College on July 1, 2007, and the first fully coed class began in August of that same year.

Today, the campus has been revitalized, the student body is engaged, and faculty members remain devoted to providing students an individualized, liberal arts education. The College has seen consistent enrollment growth since 2009, as well as improvements in all areas, including alumnae and alumni giving and participation, overall giving, and academic qualifications.

Rankings

Randolph is consistently recognized by the leading national guidebooks as a quality liberal arts institution. The Princeton Review listed Randolph in The Best 382 Colleges 2018 Edition, naming the College a “Top Fifty Green College” (#16) and including Randolph in its Top 20 list of “Most Accessible Professors.”

Randolph was included in the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 and appeared on several other lists as well: “Best Colleges for the Money” (#6 out of 36 in Virginia, CollegeFactual.com), “Cool Schools” (Sierra Club), the “50 Small Colleges with the Best Professors” (College Values Online), the 30 best liberal arts colleges in the South (BestValuesSchools.com), and Money magazine’s list of best colleges.

Student Organizations

With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, Randolph College offers ample opportunity for involvement and leadership. Student leadership is in integral part of campus life, and students are offered opportunities for leadership positions as early as their first year.

The competitive Davenport Leadership Program provides students with an opportunity to learn and build attributes that have long been associated with leaders: self-awareness, communication, critical thinking, self-confidence, initiative, motivation, conflict management, goal setting, teamwork, and problem solving. The program helps students to understand the connections between their academic work, social and co-curricular choices, and their participation in community service.

Athletics

The College offers 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams in addition to riding. The College’s athletic facilities include a field and track facility and an equestrian center.

Outcomes

Randolph’s graduates enter the workforce or graduate school prepared to succeed. Alumnae and alumni have forged successful careers in a variety of fields including law, medicine, journalism, education, engineering, and science, and the College ranks in the top 15 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn PhDs.

Campus

Located in the heart of Virginia, Randolph’s picturesque 100-acre campus in an historic, residential area of Lynchburg features the best of traditional brick buildings and pathways and exciting facilities such as WildCat Stadium and the newly renovated Student Center. One of the more unique aspects of campus is the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre. Situated in “The Dell,” the Greek theatre was built to offer classics students the opportunity to produce ancient drama in a realistic setting modeled after the theatres of ancient Greece. In addition to these productions, The Dell is the setting for numerous events throughout the year, including Commencement.

About Lynchburg, Virginia

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg is a mid-sized city with a small town feel. With a population of 81,000, Lynchburg is part of a larger metropolitan area of over 260,000 residents. A revitalized downtown and close proximity to Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Danville provide convenient access to shopping, entertainment, and recreational and cultural opportunities.

Known as the “City of Seven Hills” or the “Hill City,” Lynchburg is a recreational hub, with an extensive biking and hiking trail system running throughout the city, the Blue Ridge Parkway just minutes away, and the James River flowing through the heart of town.

The College is within easy driving distance of major cities including Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Virginia Beach, and easy access is available to public transportation, including an Amtrak station and a regional airport.

Mission

Randolph College prepares students to engage the world critically and creatively, live and work honorably, and experience life abundantly.

Vision

Randolph College will be recognized for its innovative academic and co-curricular programs.

Students will be challenged to develop their intellectual and creative talents, pursue educational opportunities in and out of the college community, and embrace honorable living, all as the basis for success in a changing world.

The College’s foundation will be its historically distinguished liberal arts curriculum, rich traditions, and beautiful campus. An outstanding academic environment, led by a noted faculty, will support learning in both traditional and new programs of study that are of interest to today’s students.

Randolph graduates will be prepared for the challenges of the future, where personal contribution and accountability are required. Randolph College will attract students seeking open-minded engagement with different cultures and disciplines. Their educational experiences at Randolph will result in personal growth and the exploration of original thought.

The College will attain optimal and sustainable enrollment, supported by a collaborative faculty, administration, and staff. Engaged alumnae and alumni will contribute as well, in keeping with the College’s motto, Vita abundantior, as they combine experiences at the College with accomplishments after graduation.

Strategic Plan

To read about the strategic plan:

http://www.randolphcollege.edu/president/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2015/01/strategic_plan.pdf

 

Leadership

Bradley W. Bateman, President

Bradley W. Bateman became the 10th president of Randolph College on July 1, 2013. A passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Bateman previously served as the provost and executive vice president at Denison University and an associate dean and the Gertrude B. Austin Chair of Economics for Grinnell College, where he also served as acting director of both the Center for Prairie Studies and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights. He earned a BA in economics from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and received both his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Kentucky.

During his tenure at Randolph, Bateman has become a national voice in a growing movement to champion the liberal arts. He has penned multiple articles and editorials for national publications, such as The New York TimesThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and more. In addition, he has appeared in stories locally, regionally, and nationally, including National Public Radio. Under his leadership, Randolph has made significant gains, including consistent enrollment growth, increased giving, and infrastructure improvement. He has worked to expand internship opportunities for students, increased the College’s emphasis on service, and infused the co-curricular process in to Randolph’s advising program. During Bateman’s first years as president, Randolph announced several new partnerships and programs including: a major partnership with the National Gallery, London—the first of its kind for an American educational institution; a special financial aid program for students from the Region 2000 area; a new dual enrollment agreement with Central Virginia Community College; and an agreement with Endstation Theatre Company to serve as Randolph’s theatre company in residence. During his tenure, Randolph has also completed significant renovations to Wright Hall and Cheatham Dining Hall.

Bateman is the author of Keynes’s Uncertain Revolution and co-author (with Roger Backhouse) of Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes. He is also co-editor (with Roger Backhouse) of the Cambridge Companion to Keynes.

Bateman’s work on the religious influences on American economics has appeared in many journals, including the Journal of Economic PerspectivesHistory of Political Economy, and the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. He is co-editor (with Spencer Banzhof) of Keeping Faith; Losing Faith: Religious Belief and Political Economy. Currently, he is working on a book on the religious influences in the formation of American economics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how the discipline subsequently became secularized.

Bateman has been a National Humanities Center Fellow (1999-2000), and he is a former president of the History of Economics Society (2006-07). He serves on the editorial boards of the History of Political Economy and History of Economics Thought and Policy and previously was on the board for the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. He is active in the Lynchburg community as well, serving on the Board of Directors for Amazement Square, The Lynchburg Free Clinic, and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Academic Program

The College’s rich academic program offers students a choice from 29 majors and 43 minors. The College also offers popular pre-professional programs in engineering, nursing, law, medicine, and veterinary studies. The teacher licensure program is enhanced by two graduate degree programs in education. An MFA in Creative Writing, the only low-residency program of its kind in Virginia, welcomed its first class in summer 2018.

Randolph offers two ‘3 plus 2’ dual degree engineering programs in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia. The dual degree programs allow students to earn a BS in engineering physics from Randolph and a BS in engineering from the partner institution.

The Center for Student Research facilitates opportunities for students to participate in original and innovative research and scholarship. The Center for Ancient Drama provides a unique student experience associated with the production of the Greek Play.

Randolph’s competitive and funded Summer Research Program allows students to spend eight intensive weeks collaborating with faculty members. The program includes all disciplines across campus and offers students opportunities to present findings at professional conferences and/or to publish results in professional journals.

In addition to an established and well-respected student-run Honor System that permeates all aspects of campus life, Randolph College is home to 18 academic honor societies, including one of the oldest chapters of Phi Beta Kappa in the nation and only the fifth charter granted in the state of Virginia.

Our Students and Faculty

Randolph College’s total enrollment is 626, with 98 percent being full-time students.

Sixty-three percent are women and 37 percent are men, mirroring the national average. Randolph’s enrollment includes 26 graduate students, a number that includes Master of Arts in Teaching students as well as members of the inaugural class for the new MFA in Creative Writing.

Randolph’s students come from 34 states and nine countries and about 76 percent are Virginia residents. The student body includes three percent international students and 34 percent domestic non-white students. Including international students, 36 percent of Randolph students are of color.

Members of Randolph’s first-year class are high achievers, with GPAs averaging about 3.43. Thirty-three percent of Randolph students were in the top 25 percent of their high school classes and 70 percent were in the top 50 percent.

A remarkable 94 percent of Randolph’s 68 full-time faculty members hold the highest possible degree in their fields. Randolph offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum in small classes taught by engaged, caring faculty. The average class size is 11, and the student: faculty ratio is 9:1.

Benefits Overview

  • Medical Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Tuition Benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discounted Nursery School on Campus
  • Flexible Benefit Plan for Medical and Dependent Care Expenses
  • Use of College Facilities and Sponsored Programs

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian at mrf@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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