Founded in 1923, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas, and is currently one of two independent public universities in Texas. Though the university is located in the rural east Texas college town of Nacogdoches, the majority of SFA students come from the greater Houston or Dallas-Fort Worth areas. SFA has also served students from 46 states outside Texas and 42 countries outside the United States. SFA enrolls more than 11,000 students, offering 120 areas of study, including more than 80 undergraduate majors, nearly 60 graduate degrees, and three doctoral programs through its six colleges. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and compete in Division I for all varsity sports.

The Position

Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President’s cabinet, the vice president for enrollment management (VPEM) is responsible for leading the university’s efforts to create a strategic, integrated, and proactive program of recruitment, enrollment, retention, and student success. The VPEM provides direct leadership for the division of enrollment management, which includes oversight of admissions, registrar’s office, financial aid & scholarships, and the one-stop shop. The VPEM will develop and execute a comprehensive enrollment management plan based on university recruitment and retention goals for undergraduate, transfer, international, and graduate programs, including collaboration with the deans to develop enrollment projections for all degree-granting programs. The VPEM directs the development and implementation of short-range and long-range strategic planning and philosophy for the division; collaboratively creates and maintains forecasting models to include new student enrollment initiatives and retention programs; presents reports and analyses of enrollment and/or financial aid trends; and provides leadership in the implementation and operations of significant enrollment software such as the enrollment CRM, communication plan software, etc. With an equity-minded and student-centered lens, the next vice president will be a critical partner in campus-wide student success and retention imperatives and advises the President, other university administrators, and faculty on matters concerning enrollment management and student success initiatives. The VPEM oversees a comprehensive budget of $142 million and provides leadership for 56 full-time equivalent staff.


The successful candidate must possess a master’s degree and a minimum of ten years of documented progressively responsible and successful experience in the administration of recruitment, enrollment, and retention programs in higher education. Evidence of demonstrated planning, organizational, customer service, leadership, and staff supervisory skills is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective public speaking and presentation skills, and the ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment will be expected. Strong data, analytical, and problem solving skills, the ability to think strategically and develop collaborative relationships across campus, and work with diverse groups of individuals while successfully supporting and managing a team will be required. Knowledge of integrated student information systems, such as Banner, and innovative technologies for recruitment and admission will also be expected of the Vice President.

Application and Nomination

The review of applications will begin on October 20, 2022, and 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 Anne-Marie Kenney, Senior Search Consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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 Stephen F. Austin State University, an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator, is committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion, or physical or mental disability as required by law.

 At Stephen F. Austin State University, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is more than words – it is actions. We believe diversity and inclusion are keys to promoting more engaged individuals locally and globally. We at SFA are committed to amplifying a campus culture that nurtures belonging and embraces similarities while celebrating that every Lumberjack will be different. Those differences are valued, acknowledged, and supported purposefully.