After a national search, it is my pleasure to announce that David Rhodes will serve as the vice president for enrollment management at Hilbert College. His appointment is effective October 17, 2016. Dr. Larry Lesick’s last day on campus was Thursday, Sept. 29. A special thank you to Dr. Lesick who chaired the search committee, and members Dr. Jim Golden, Professor Mary Ann Hobar, Vice Provost Denise Harris, and Athletic Director John Czarnecki for the time and thoughtfulness they devoted to this search.
I am confident that David’s extensive experience in developing and implementing enrollment strategies will be extremely valuable in our efforts toward achieving our enrollment goals. We are pleased to have a leader of his caliber to serve in this vital role.
Rhodes has more than 30 years of experience in enrollment management, financial aid, and admissions.
In his new role, Rhodes will lead Hilbert’s admissions and student financial services to build and execute a strategic enrollment plan that will meet the college’s enrollment goals.
Rhodes has served as Vice President or Interim Vice President at numerous schools over the past two decades, including most recently at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. As Interim Vice President for Enrollment Services at Wilkes, he implemented a financial aid review program, a yield plan which increased freshmen deposits, and a structure for the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 recruitment plans.
He served six years as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Marietta College in Ohio where he increased total undergraduate enrollment to the highest level in 35 years. Rhodes implemented a comprehensive admissions marketing program, conducted empirical enrollment and retention research and analysis, planned and executed financial aid directives, presented enrollment models and scenarios, and analyzed division and institutional budgets. His background also includes an eight-year stint as Vice President for Enrollment at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Rhodes increased total enrollment by over 30%, increased retention, and oversaw the implementation of an integrated marketing plan.
Rhodes, a native of Erie, Pa, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration/economics from Thiel College, in Greenville, Pa. and a Master of Business Administration from Heidelberg University.