Senior Director of Retention

Texas A&M College of Engineering seeks applications and nominations of highly qualified individuals for the position of Senior Director of Retention.

Texas A&M has more than 59,000 students and is one of the top universities in enrollment of new National Merit Scholars. Texas A&M conducts research valued at more than $582M annually, placing it among the top 20 universities nationally and consistently ranking in the top tier of research institutions by the National Science Foundation. With an endowment valued at more than $5B, the university ranks fourth among U.S. public universities. Texas A&M is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is home to one of the largest chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. Engineering has been a part of Texas A&M University since its inception in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Today, the College of Engineering is the largest college on the Texas A&M campus with more than 500 faculty members and more than 16,900 engineering students in 14 departments. The College is the second-largest engineering school in the country and consistently ranks among the nation's top public programs. The College is also among the top universities in the number of National Merit Scholars, nationally recognized faculty and funded research.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Senior Director of Retention will assist the College of Engineering in continuing to strive toward an effective environment to retain students in engineering. This role is responsible for the initiation, development, management, evaluation, and promotion of research-informed and strategic comprehensive activities and programs for the retention and success of graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Engineering. The Senior Director will represent the College of Engineering at national meetings related to retention and bring visibility to the programs at Texas A&M University. In collaboration with the Senior Director of Access & Inclusion and the Director of Women in Engineering, the Senior Director of Retention will develop programs for the retention of students from underrepresented groups.

The ideal candidate will have 10 years of significant, progressively responsible experience in student enrollment services (recruitment, admission, and retention); a minimum of 3 years demonstrated leadership / management experience; excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders to deliver impactful results with limited direction; proven experience leading change, influencing others and building consensus via collaboration across all functions and levels in a highly matrixed organization; proven leadership and demonstrated proficiency in working with faculty, administrators, and in managing staff.                                 

Amy Shea and Shermika Pendergrass of Korn Ferry Futurestep will assist Texas A&M in this search process.  Please send applications, inquiries, and nominations to

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The College of Engineering, TEES, and TEEX are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employers.