Managing Sensitive Candidates and Situations: The Work of Search Consultants

Cheryl Hyatt & Marylouise Fennell Partners Hyatt-Fennell In our earlier article, we emphasized that because no two searches are alike, all colleg-es would profit from using the customized services of an executive search firm to re-cruit the best-qualified candidates for senior-level positions. If colleges and universities do so, they will save time and money while expanding their candidate pool. The executive search firm will ensure a thorough vetting process, assist with the selection of finalists and constantly manage contact with the client and appointee. Contrary to popular myth, firms such as ours (Hyatt-Fennell) are not “headhunters” seeking merely to fill […]

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Fostering Student Success: Vision, Emotion and Connectivity

Dr. Marylouise Fennell Partner Hyatt Fennell, Higher Education Services Dr. Scott Miller President Bethany College When it comes to student retention, it turns out that what we thought we knew ain’t necessarily so. Current research reveals that many key assumptions on which we have often based enrollment management practices need to be challenged and modified. Take, for instance, the traditional institutionally-centered focus on retention. When we as college CEOs and senior enrollment (admissions) managers turn this issue around, examining persistence from the student’s standpoint, we enhance existing perspectives about what fosters students success, says Dr. Joe Pace, a nationally-known specialist […]

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Enrollment Outcomes and Presidential Success

John W.Dysart President The Dysart Group, Inc. College and university presidents are rightfully focused on fundraising, endowments, curricular growth and public relations. For small, private colleges and universities, these priorities can often come at the expense of the most important issue for presidents at tuition-driven schools—enrollment. I am always surprised at how often enrollment, recruitment and financial aid take a backseat to other priorities. Perhaps it is because presidents usually do not bring significant enrollment management experience to the table. Perhaps presidents place too much faith in their enrollment management professionals, despite disappointing outcomes. Presidents may too often be swayed […]

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Advantages of Using an Executive Seach Firm

Dr. Marylouise Fennell Cheryl Hyatt Hyatt-Fennell, Higher Education Services “A search is hard work requiring daily attention. We bring best professional practice to this critical process,” says Marylouise Fennell, partner in Hyatt-Fennell: Educational Services and Charitable Resources Group. Hiring a search firm will not only be cost-effective, saving the institution both time and money, but outside assistance can enlarge the candidate pool, identify those who might not otherwise apply, and produce a sound, long-lasting fit between candidate and employer. Every search is different. The ‘bullpen’ approach used by some ‘headhunters’, in which candidates are recycled for different positions at several […]

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Another Milestone at Ferrum College in Virginia

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group, Inc. More good news continues to come out of Virginia. Ferrum College has been on a historic, record-setting enrollment growth trend since Dr. Jennifer Braaten took over the presidency. So much has been accomplished during her short tenure including: -rapid growth -academic program expansion -additions to the physical plant -new athletic offerings -additional co-curricular opportunities -green initiatives -targeted retention efforts Well a new milestone has been reached at the formerly small college located in Southwest Virgnia. The total enrollment at Ferrum College will exceed 1,500 students for the first time in decades. Despite […]

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Thoughts After 44 Years in Enrollment Management

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group, Inc. Mary Hendry, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services at Roosevelt University in Chicago, retires this month after serving 44 years in the profession. She has held the titles of admission counselor, assistant director of admission, coordinator of continuing education admissions, director of admission, dean of admission and financial aid, vice president for enrollment management and vice president for enrollment and student services. How did you get into the business of enrollment management? I was involved as a college student at Saint Xavier in Chicago—clubs, organizations, tour guide, etc. So when […]

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Succession Planning Roadmap Critical to Your Enrollment Management Effort

Christine Gormican Hierl President Gormican Heirl Consulting Author H. Stanley Judd had it right when he said “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” The problem is today, many view the roadmap as a dated tool, usurped by the soothing electronic voice of a GPS on the dash, telling trusting drivers where and when to turn. Just as you need to know where you‟re going on the road, so goes the need to know your final destination when it comes to your succession planning efforts for […]

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The Changing Role of the Admission Counselor in Modern Day Enrollment Management

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group, Inc. The Dysart Group, Inc. recently hosted a forum at their headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina to discuss the emerging role of the admission counselor. The meeting was attended by enrollment management practitioners from five states. So much has changed in the recruitment process in recent years. Demographics present very real challenges. Poor economic conditions and cutbacks in federal and state support for higher education financial aid have changed the playing field. The advent of social media and increased student reliance on the web to make informed decisions regarding college attend-ance are changing […]

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More Exciting News as Dr. Jennifer Braaten Continues to Drive Growth and Improvements at Ferrum College in Virginia

John W. Dysart President The Dysart Group, Inc. The first woman President at Ferrum College, Dr. Jennifer Braaten, continues to literally transform the small institution located in southwest Virginia. Extraordinary enrollment growth during her presidency has enabled the College to secure her vision by investing in program offerings, co-curricular opportunities for students and the physical plant. “While other private schools are trying to maintain enrollment, Ferrum is growing,” said Bobby Thompson, the Senior Vice President for Administration. “We feel blessed that we have enjoyed several years of growth, which has resulted in growth in facilities and programs.” During Dr. Braaten‟s […]

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Greater Attention Equals Greater Retention

Dr. Marylouise Fennell Partner Hyatt Fennell, Higher Education Services Dr. Scott Miller President Bethany College Nearly 40 percent of students who entered baccalaureate degree programs this academic year will fail to complete their degrees within six years, if recent patterns continue. The implications of this trend are grave, both for our nation, which badly needs qualified workers ready to fill key jobs in emerging sectors, and for the non-retained students themselves. Current research underscores and enhances what we have long known: greater attention to student-centered issues equals greater retention. “What we almost always find when we are retained by institutions […]

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