Vice President for Enrollment Management

Northeastern Illinois University 

Vice President for Enrollment Management 


Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), a vibrant learning and research institution located in Chicago, Illinois, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management. 


For more than 150 years, NEIU has trained teachers and school administrators; produced leaders representing the Chicago metropolitan area in city, state, and national politics; and enriched the lives of its students by fostering their academic and professional excellence. Northeastern Illinois University is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of Northeastern and in the social fabric of its student body. NEIU has an enrollment of almost 7,200 students and African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students represent roughly 60% of the student body. With the main campus located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago, the University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure, and endorsement programs on its main campus and through additional metropolitan locations.


Dr. Gloria J. Gibson was appointed President by NEIU's Board of Trustees on March 15, 2018, and is enacting a bold vision to further the institution's mission of providing an exceptional academic experience and preparing a diverse community of students for leadership and service within the region and beyond. Within this context, the Vice President will join an institution undergoing significant transformation and advance further the work of a division that is dedicated to enrolling a talented and diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. Reporting directly to President Gibson, the Vice President will provide leadership and strategic vision for undergraduate, graduate, and international admissions recruitment and admissions processing; international programs; records and registration; veteran student services; financial aid, scholarships, and student employment. 

At Northeastern, it is believed that equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical to the campus community, and the University seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. NEIU is dedicated to building a cabinet that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. NEIU seeks an experienced higher education leader who is student focused, innovative, open and engaging, forward thinking, creative, and results oriented. The new leader will bring significant professional experience managing the complex interplay of marketing and recruiting strategies, enrollment goals and revenue targets, yield, and financial aid. The ability to understand the challenges and opportunities of a public, urban comprehensive institution; the ability to enroll students from varying backgrounds and experiences, including traditional, transfer, international, and adult learners; and exceptional administrative, financial, and managerial skills will be important. Of equal significance, the Vice President will possess a deep and abiding commitment to the values of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, including a proven record of advocacy for students who are traditionally marginalized and underrepresented in higher education. The successful candidate will be an exceptional member of a senior team that values collaboration, cooperation, inclusivity, and transparency.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile, available at Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting Northeastern Illinois University in this search. The search will remain open until filled.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Amy Crutchfield / Shelley Arakawa, J.D. / Ashlee Winters

Northeastern Illinois University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.